Scunthorpe residents return home after gas explosion

Homes evacuated after Scunthorpe gas explosion

Homes and businesses were evacuated in part of Scunthorpe after a gas explosion at the site of road works.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said a gas main was fractured while work was being carried out on Ashby Road.

A man suffered a broken thigh bone and had to be rescued when he became trapped but was airlifted to hospital, where he is in a stable condition.

The gas leak was isolated at around 15:45 BST and residents have returned home.

A spokesman said a 200m (656ft) cordon was placed around homes and businesses in the area owing to the large gas cloud generated by the explosion.

Residents who had been forced to leave their homes were offered shelter at the Pods Leisure Centre.

Humberside Police said the area was "now returning to normality", but a road closure remained in place overnight at the junction of Ashby Road and Lloyds Avenue.

Officers are investigating the cause of the explosion and the Health and Safety Executive has been made aware of the incident, police said.

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