Newcastle blast triggers huge emergency service response, leaving homes without power

A suspected explosion has seen a huge hole blown in the side of an industrial unit which has left nearly 150 Newcastle homes without power.

A huge emergency services response has swept through the business premises in Shields Road, in bykeraround 11:30 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Residents reported there had been an “explosion” in the unit, which now has a gaping hole in the wall with rubble strewn across the floor.

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Dramatic footage shows a cordon in place around the building with firefighters investigating the scene.

The incident caused around 146 households to lose power, with Northern Powergrid warning residents that their power would be restored around 6am on Sunday morning.



A cordon was put in place as emergency services worked at the scene

A message to a nearby resident, seen by ChronicleLive, reads: “We had to urgently cut power to your property and 145 other customers in the NE6 postcode while our specialist engineers carried out repairs to emergency on the network.

“Unfortunately, due to the urgency of the work, we were unable to notify you in advance.”

It is now understood that all residents have had their electricity restored.



Emergency services respond to an 'explosion' at an industrial unit off Shields Road in Byker
Emergency services respond to an ‘explosion’ at an industrial unit off Shields Road in Byker

Photos from Sunday morning show the industrial unit has been fenced off, although emergency services have left the scene.

Bricks and rubble remain strewn across the area with a huge hole in the side of the building.

The nature of the incident remains unknown at this stage.



The aftermath of a suspected explosion at an industrial unit off Shields Road in Byker.
The aftermath of a suspected explosion at an industrial unit off Shields Road in Byker

Northumbria Police and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue have been contacted for comment.

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