Police in Leeds cordon off Ingram Road, Holbeck after chemical explosion blows up sewer

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Police in Leeds have cordoned off a road in Holbeck after a chemical explosion in the sewers below caused an explosion.

Officers and firefighters are currently at the scene in Ingram Road, close to the junction with Cross Ingram Road.

Police have cordoned off part of Ingram Road in Holbeck. Picture: Google

Police have cordoned off part of Ingram Road in Holbeck. Picture: Google

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One woman, whose car is parked inside the area cordoned off, said she was told that some nearby properties might also be evacuated as a precaution.

She said it appeared there had been a build-up of gas inside drains running under the street and manhole covers had been blown off.

The force of the blast is also understood to have caused damage to the road itself.

A Yorkshire Evening Post reader shared this picture from the scene in Ingram Road, Holbeck.

A Yorkshire Evening Post reader shared this picture from the scene in Ingram Road, Holbeck.

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A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokeswoman said: “Some chemicals had entered the waterway though the sewers, reacted and blown the manhole off. We don’t yet know how that happened and we’re trying to ascertain what the chemical is.

“We’re working with Yorkshire Water as well."

She said eight fire engines had initially been dispatched just before noon, but only four now remained at the scene.

A Yorkshire Evening Post reader shared this picture from the scene in Ingram Road, Holbeck.

A Yorkshire Evening Post reader shared this picture from the scene in Ingram Road, Holbeck.

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