Emergency services at shopping center amid reports of ‘explosion’

Emergency services are reportedly at a shopping center after reports of an explosion. Parts of the White City Retail Park in Manchester have reportedly been cordoned off.

Full details of the incident have not yet been released. However, according to the Manchester Evening News, a nearby road has also been closed.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are on site to assist traffic. Greater Manchester Fire Brigade is believed to be in charge of the incident and they have been contacted for more information.

Photos of the location show a number of firefighters. Police have also been seen in the area that has been cordoned off.

Gas engineers have also been sent to the area. However, they have said they do not believe the problem is gas related. A spokesman for Cadent Gas said: “We have arrived on the scene and are checking our assets, but there is no suggestion that this is connected to the gas network.”

Traffic in the area will also be affected by the road closure. Some public transport modes may undergo changes.

A statement from Transport for Greater Manchester on Twitter called on people to check services. It read: “A56 Chester Road, Stretford. The road is only closed southbound from the White City roundabout to Warwick Road. Emergency services are on site to deal with an incident.”

The power supply went out in a number of buildings. An Electricty North West spokesperson said: “We received reports at 1:41 pm of a power outage that had affected 25 homes on Chester Road as a result of an underground power line failure.

“We responded immediately and, using our automated recovery systems, power was restored to all properties within the hour at 2:28 pm and now teams of technicians are on site to perform repair work on the damaged cable.”

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