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Power supplies hit by explosion

Dozens of homes were left without power after an explosion at an electricity sub-station in Gateshead.

It is thought the small explosion was in a generator in Watermill Lane, Felling, on Saturday afternoon.

Supplier CE Electric said 260 properties were affected. It brought in an emergency generator and supplies were restored by Saturday evening.

A temporary rest centre for those affected was opened at Eastwood Independent Centre, in The Drive.

Firefighters and police went to the scene and Watermill Lane was closed for a period but later reopened. No one was hurt in the explosion.

CE Electric said supplies were restored within four hours and an investigation was now under way into the cause of the explosion.

It said early indications were they were not looking for anyone who had trespassed at the sub-station.

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