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. Mirror.co.uk 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”.
Holborn station – Closed while we respond to a fire alert.
— Central line (@centralline) August 15, 2017
It said trains were initially being held at the station while a “faulty train” was inspected.
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) August 15, 2017
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.”