Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pictured: White bucket being probed as source of Underground explosion

A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.
A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A picture being circulated by witnesses and news agencies following this morning's explosion on a London Underground train at rush hour has been described as a "builder's bucket".

The item, which was apparently left smoldering in the carriage after people evacuated the train in a panic, appeared to be wrapped in a Lidl supermarket bag and is said to have wires coming out of it.

One eyewitness who captured a video after he left the carriage said he believed the item was the source of the explosion.

"It looked like a bucket of mayonnaise," he said.

"I'm not sure if it was a chemical reaction or something else, but it looked home-made. I'm not an expert though."

Chris Wildish, who was on the train, said he saw a "device" in the last carriage.

"It was a white bucket, a builder's bucket," he told BBC 5 live.

"Flames were still coming out of it when I saw it and had a lot of wires hanging out of it - I can only assume it was done on purpose.

"It was standing against the door of the rear-most carriage."

Witnesses on board the train said the explosion created what they described as a "whoosh" sound and it was described as a "fireball" which moved up the train.

Police officers walk on the road near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Police officers walk on the road near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Members of the emergency services work near Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Armed police officers walk through a carriage of a London underground tube train at Parsons Green station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Armed police officers walk through a carriage of a London underground tube train at Parsons Green station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A Metro.co.uk reporter at the scene was quoted by the paper as saying that a white container exploded on the train and passengers had suffered facial burns.
Armed British police officers stand on duty outside Parsons Green underground tube station in west London on September 15, 2017, following an incident on an underground tube carriage at the station.
An injured woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
A woman reacts outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. James Treen/PA Wire
People speak with a police officer outside Parsons Green tube station in London, Britain September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion Richard Aylmer-Hall/PA Wire
Emergency services attending an incident at Parsons Green station in west London amid reports of an explosion. Richard Aylmer-Hall/PA Wire

Scotland Yard has said there was an explosion on the train as a result of an IED device on board the tube.

A detailed investigation at the scene is underway.

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