London Tube station evacuated after ‘loud bang and smoke’

London’s Holborn underground station has been evacuated after reports of a ‘loud bang followed by smoke’ in a tube carriage – described by authorities as a fire alert. reported.

Commuter Andy Routledge wrote on Twitter: “I witnessed a flash, followed by a small bang and smoke arising from the tube carriage I’d just left at Holborn station.”

The Central Line’s Twitter account said the station was closed “while we respond to a fire alert”.

It said trains were initially being held at the station while a “faulty train” was inspected.

Several people posted on social media that they heard bangs, followed by smoke and panic.
User Sophie Walker posted: “Holborn station evacuated, there’s smoke and people are crying and freaking out …”

And Annarita Papeschi‏ added: “What the heck? I have just been evacuated from #holbornTubeStation #Holborn #HolbornTube there was some sort of explosion. Very scary.”