Leicester

Delays after lorry fire closes M1 in Leicestershire

Smoke from lorry fire
Image caption People working on the nearby Meridian Business Park reported hearing loud explosions

Drivers faced long delays along a stretch of the M1 in Leicestershire after the motorway was closed due to a lorry fire.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue crews were called to the northbound carriageway of the M1, near junction 21, at about 11:45 BST.

The motorway was closed in both directions for about an hour.

People in the area tweeted to say they had heard a large explosion near the Meridian Business Park in Leicester.

There were no reports of any injuries, a fire service spokeswoman said.

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