‘Explosion’ on Tube train at Parsons Green sparks panic on District Line

An explosion on a Tube train at Parsons Green caused panic in South West London this morning.

Bomb squads, police and fire crews were called to the scene after the explosion which involved a white bucket inside a Lidl carrier bag.

At the scene there were people described with facial burns, adding that they were ‘really badly burned’ and ‘their hair was coming off’ - writes a metro.co.uk reporter.

They said that the rear of the train filled with smoke and people left the train, some panicking, at Parsons Green.

One woman described how she had hurt her legs and had seen a large flame fill the carriage and another woman had ash in her hair.

People quickly started saying that a bomb had gone off, sparking panic.

Initially people were told they could not leave the station before an evacuation took place.

Another witness said that the train had put in a mayday call and the Wimbledon branch was suspended.

A TfL spokeswoman told Metro.co.uk: ‘The District Line has been suspended between Earls Court and Wimbledon due to a security alert.

More details will be released when we get them.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘We are aware of an incident at Parsons Green and are in attendance.

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