Video: Aerial footage of suspected gas explosion that ripped through a house near Smethwick, West Midlands today

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Firefighters were called to Wiggin Street, Ladywood, at around 12.30pm. West Midlands Fire Service sent four crews to the scene and an aerial platform.

The front of the building has been ripped off and there is a partial collapse at the back of the building. West Midlands Ambulance Service were also sent to the scene, but there was not any immediate word on injuries.

Leeds Industrial Museum in Armley will be brimming with excitement on August 1 when, for the first time ever, the historic site plays host to none other than the Yorkshire Open Hat Throwing Championships, the brainchild of Yorkshire-based poet Glyn Watkins. picture Tony Johnson.

Hold on to your hats - hat throwing champs comes to Leeds