‘Explosion’ under Broadway Theatre in Barking tapes off town centre road

The explosion in Barking town centre (Picture: Richard Lund)

The explosion in Barking town centre (Picture: Richard Lund) - Credit: Archant

An “explosion” under the theatre this morning is reported to have been caused by an electrical fault.

Firefighters attended Broadway Theatre in Barking following an explosion caused by an electric fault

Firefighters attended Broadway Theatre in Barking following an explosion caused by an electric fault - Credit: Archant

Clockhouse Avenue in Barking remains closed off as firefighters investigate an explosion that occurred at 4.15am.

Firefighters were initially called to Barking Town Hall to reports of an explosion, before being diverted to the other end of Clockhouse Avenue in the town centre to reports of smoke near the theatre in Broadway.

Two fire engines and one command vehicle attended the incident.

There is currently no power in the town hall or the Broadway.

More detail to follow.