999 alert over Cor­rie fire­ball

Wilmslow Express - - NEWS - Chris Slater

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.

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