Jersey Police have cordoned off a large section of the island’s capital, St Helier, following an explosion near a property just before 4 am. The explosion was reportedly heard across the island, as large plume of dark smoke rose from the area of Mount Bingham. Eyewitnesses says windows at properties around the fire were shattered by the explosion.
Local police has urged residents to stay clear from the area surrounding Mount Bingham: “We are currently dealing with an incident on Pier Road, St Helier. As a result, Pier Road, Pier Road car park and South Hill are closed at this time. We advise members of the public to avoid the area at this time”.
Firefighters are continuing to respond to the incident at residential properties on Pier Road, St Helier.
In a statement released at 7:35 am, States of Jersey Fire & Rescue Service said: “The fire has been put out, but emergency services are still carrying out significant work. Please continue to avoid the area. We’ll continue to provide updates throughout the day.”
According to local media, emergency services are working on the scene to contain the explosion. Debris is strewn around the area, including commercial buildings, with Jersey Police diverting traffic.
Pier Road, Pier Road car park, and South Hill are closed as the police investigate the incident.
Housing Minister Deputy David Warr says the explosion was at an Andium property and has appealed for offers of temporary accommodation.
He tweeted: “There has been a major explosion on Pier road in one of the@Andiumhomes flats. Emergency services are on-site and town hall is taking in walking wounded. Thoughts with those families affected at this time. We will need temp accommodation. Please get in touch if you can help.”
The Town Hall is taking in walking wounded, local media report.
Islanders reportedly heard a loud bang in the early hours of the morning just before 4 am today.
Local residents said they thought the sheer power of the explosion had them think it was an earthquake, with @ErvinAutumnfest saying: “Yes I thought it was an earthquake but looks to be an explosion between Pier Road car park and Fort Regent perhaps, very organised police and fire response and taxi evacuation it seems for some.”
@ManUtd2345 tweeted: “Anyone else in Jersey just hear a massive explosion?! Big explosion. Fire on mount Bingham, looks awful.”
Islander @Cali_jsy said: “Erm, what was that bang? Did anyone else hear it?”
While @FawltySybil tweeted: “Where is that? I thought I heard an earthquake the building shook.”
@doodlemoodle said: “Yes big explosion by mount Bingham/la Collette – shook the house.”
@Zombiesmartiez tweeted: “Thought it was an earthquake that woke me at 4am or that I was dreaming. Hope everyone is OK down in St Helier.”