Walsall gas explosion as person seen ‘crawling’ from blast at home

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A person "crawled" from their home after a gas explosion ripped through a property, it has been reported.

A huge emergency service presence attended the scene following the blast in Walsall, West Midlands, with around 25 workers dealing with the fallout from the incident.

It is believed to have happened at around 6.30am on Tuesday morning and it is not yet clear whether anyone was hurt in the explosion.

Video taken at the scene shows the end-of-terrace property with what looks like extensive damage including empty front doors and window frames of the house, which is shrouded in grey smoke.

One resident said: "There was a massive explosion this morning. I have been evacuated. They moved us all out and turned the gas off.

"It’s been handled pretty well. It happened about half 6 when it when boom.

"It was really loud. I thought someone had hit a car."

Another local resident, Connor Dutson, said their "floorboards shook" when the explosion happened.

He added: "I didn’t realise it was an explosion. I thought someone had dropped something cos I heard a thud.

"We have pets in there I hope they are okay. We were told to get out and leave the doors open."

West Midlands Fire Service tweeted about the dramatic incident.

It wrote: "Crews from Walsall, Willenhall and Bilston are currently in attendance to reports of a Gas explosion on Darlaston Road, Walsall, working together with Ambulance, Police and Gas board. Avoid the area if possible."

Eyewitnesses say gas engineers are preparing to dig up the road to make sure the gas supply is safe.

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