Coronation Street fire scenes for secret storyline prompt 999 calls from concerned public
An explosion and blazing fire on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester prompted concerned members of the public to call the emergency services.
However, the dramatic scenes were simply the result of "special effects" employed for a secret storyline - as the Great Manchester Fire and Rescue Service found out when they responded.
Speaking to The Independent, a psokesperson for the fire service said, "At 9.25pm on Tuesday April 14 2015, we received reports of an explosion and a fireball seen on the set of Coronation Street on Warren Bruce Road in Trafford Park.
"Three fire engines and an officer were sent to the scene but fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm - the explosion was caused by special effects."
The paper reports that the scenes involve a fire at Victoria Flats and will feature as part of a storyline which broadcasts next month.
It will be the first major fire in the ITV soap since Karl Munro set the Rovers Return alight in 2013.