Loud explosion at childrens play centre

AN EXPLOSION has been heard inside a play park in Lowestoft this evening.

AN EXPLOSION has been heard inside a play park in Lowestoft this evening.

The loud bang was reported to police at around 4.30pm and officers have cordoned off the Adventure Island Play Park, in Pinbush Road, evacuating 60 people, including members of staff and the public.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said the loud bang was initially thought to be an electrical explosion inside the building.

But upon arrival and working with the fire service the police have ascertained the loud bang came from underground.

The spokesman said: “Officers have cordoned off the scene and are waiting for EDF Energy to attend to turn off the power.

“It is a problem underground, under the road near to the building. There is no danger to the public, there were people in the building at the time and in total 60 people were evacuated.”

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Adventure Island Play Park is an indoor, pirate themed play area for toddlers and children up to the age of 12 years old.

A spokeswoman for EDF Energy said: “Although we believe this did not initially interrupt power supplies it is possible that our engineers, who are currently assessing the situation on site, will need to isolate power supplies in the area for safety reasons in order to carry out further work in the area.

“We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.”

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