An explosion on a Tube train at Parsons Green caused panic in South West London this morning.
A bomb squad and armed police have all been seen arriving at the station following the blast which happened in a white bucket inside a Lidl carrier bag.
A metro.co.uk reporter at the scene described seeing people with facial burns, adding that they were ‘really badly burned’ and ‘their hair was coming off’.
Fire crews and paramedics also rushed to the scene to help people after the fireball went down the carriage.
They said that the rear of the train filled with smoke and people left the train, some panicking, at Parsons Green.
One woman described how she had hurt her legs and had seen a large flame fill the carriage and another woman had ash in her hair.
Others went to nearby coffee shops before they were told to leave so that injured people could be treated.
People quickly started saying that a bomb had gone off, sparking panic.
Initially people were told they could not leave the station before an evacuation took place.
Another witness said that the train had put in a mayday call and the Wimbledon branch was suspended.
British Transport Police said: ‘We’re aware of an incident at Parsons Green station. Officers are at the scene. The station is closed.’
Transport for London said it is ‘investigating an incident at Parsons Green’ and urged customers travelling between Wimbledon and Earls Court to use alternative routes.
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We are on scene alongside the Metropolitan Police at Parsons Green.’
London Fire Brigade said they were called to the incident at 8.21am on Friday. Via Metro
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