Car­riage fire­ball trig­gers stampede

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - STEVEN SCOTT RHIAN DEUTROM

A TER­ROR­IST ex­plo­sion on a Lon­don train has left com­muters with se­ri­ous burns and sent hun­dreds of oth­ers run­ning for their lives, caus­ing a pan­icked stampede.

The Fri­day morn­ing com­mute in Bri­tain’s cap­i­tal de­scended into chaos af­ter a “fire­ball flew down a car­riage” at Par­sons Green sta­tion, in Lon­don’s south­west.

Po­lice are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as ter­ror- re­lated, as images emerge of the sus­pected im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice.

The blast, which oc­curred at 8.20am lo­cal time ( 5.20pm Queens­land time) came from a plas­tic bucket in­side a shop­ping bag, left by the tube car­riage door.

Images on so­cial me­dia showed sev­eral wires com­ing from the flam­ing con­tainer, which it ap­pears failed to det­o­nate in full.

The Sun quoted an on­looker say­ing it was like a “fire­ball flew down a car­riage” with pan­icked com­muters div­ing out an open door.

A man in­ter­viewed on BBC News said it was a “wall of flame down a car­riage af­ter a bang”.

Counter- ter­ror­ism author­i­ties have taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter con­duct­ing an ini­tial sweep of the area. Who­ever planted the im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice is still at large.

Tube pas­sen­ger Emma Ste­vie wrote on Twit­ter that she was forced to “run for my life”.

Lon­don Am­bu­lance Ser­vices said 18 peo­ple were taken to hospi­tal with a va­ri­ety of in­juries – none thought to be lifethreat­en­ing.

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