999 alert over Corrie fireball
FIREFIGHTERS were scrambled to the Coronation Street set after a mock explosion sparked an alert.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received a 999 call from a member of the public after a loud bang came from the set at Trafford Quays last Tuesday.
Huge flames could be seen coming from the ITV Studios, as well as plumes of smoke.
Three fire engines were dispatched to the scene to check out the reports.
But when they got there, they were informed it was part of the filming for the show, a fire service spokeswoman confirmed.
It is understood to be part of a series of dramatic scenes set to be aired at the end of next month.
A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 9.25pm, we received reports of an explosion and a fireball seen on the set of Coronation Street on Warren Bruce Road in Trafford Park.
“Three fire engines and an officer were sent to the scene but fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm – the explosion was caused by special effects.”
Stephen Ryder, 40, whose flat at MediaCityUK overlooks the set, said: “I thought it was a real explosion at first.
“It was a really loud bang and I got up and could see the flames and smoke. It certainly looked real and then a few fire engines turned up. It all seems to have calmed down now. It was obviously part of the script. I’ve lived here four-and-ahalf years and it’s normally really quiet down there.
“I’ve never seen anything like this before.”
A Coronation Street spokeswoman said bosses had informed the fire service that the mock blaze was scheduled to happen and they had experts on set.
Corrie bosses had previously asked for the media’s help keeping the top-secret storyline under wraps.
However, it is believed it will have wide-ranging consequences for a number of key characters.
The show moved to its new home in late 2013 after more than five decades at its previous base on Quay Street in Manchester city centre.
It was built using more than 400,000 bricks, many reclaimed from derelict Salford terraces, with a few notable changes such as an extra window on the Rovers Return and the street being widened to allow cars to pass.