Wednesday 18 October 2017

Gas blast shuts O'Connell St

Gardai and fire crew on O'Connell Street, Dublin this afternoon outside The Kylemore Cafe after an explosion at the premises. Photo: PA
Gardai and fire crew on O'Connell Street, Dublin this afternoon outside The Kylemore Cafe after an explosion at the premises. Photo: PA
Early reports suggest the explosion was caused by a gas leak. Photo: PA
Fire crews at the scene on Dublin's O'Connell street this afternoon. Photo: PA

One of Dublin's best known streets was shut today after a suspected gas explosion at a cafe.

O`Connell Street was closed to traffic and pedestrians at lunchtime after the incident at the Kylemore at about 12.45pm.

There were no reports of injuries so far, a Garda spokesman said.

Both the north and south bound sides of the street were initially shut but the northern side later reopened.

A Bord Gais inspector was on the scene, a spokesman for the company said.

It is not clear whether the explosion, which occurred in the basement of the cafe, was caused by gas.

Bord Gais said it was alerted by the emergency services to the accident at 12.24pm

"Initial indications by Bord Gais Networks staff inspecting the site suggest that the gas main and gas service pipe to the premises are in a normal condition," a spokeswoman said.

Inspections are expected to continue this afternoon.



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