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Gas smell reported near explosion site in Shrewsbury

Scene of the explosion
Several town centre roads were shut after the explosion

Part of Shrewsbury town centre was cordoned off after reports of a smell of gas.

The alert followed an explosion in the town on 3 January, which left 12 people injured. The blast is thought to have been caused by a gas leak.

A community support officer reported a smell of gas in High Street earlier.

Engineers later reported the area to be safe and traffic and pedestrians were allowed back through. Wyle Cop had been closed to traffic.

In the earlier blast, a building in Bridge Street was destroyed.

One woman was thrown from a first-floor flat and five people had to be rescued from a car which was covered in rubble.



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