One hurt in explosion on houseboat in Bristol harbour

Media caption,
No-one was seriously hurt in the blast, police said

One person has been injured in a blast on a houseboat in Bristol harbour.

Emergency services were called to the scene near Mud Dock shortly before 14:00 BST after reports of a large explosion.

Police said a gas canister on board the boat, called Roehampton, was being changed when the blast occurred.

The harbourmaster confirmed two people had been aboard at the time of the blast. It is not yet known if any other boats were damaged in the explosion.

Image caption,
Two people were on board at the time of the blast

Several people were in the vicinity at the time.

One bystander, Michelle O'Neill tweeted: "Exploded right in front of me, everyone started screaming and running... into a coffee shop and they locked us in."

The harbourmaster said the boat would be left to settle to the bottom of the water before being secured.

Navigation in the harbour remains open and the cordon on the water has been removed.

Image caption,
The boat is being left to sink before it is recovered

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Related Topics