Reports Of Explosions In London Tube Stations and Bus
No injuries reported
Sky News | July 21 2005
Comment: This seems to be little more than fearmongering on behalf of the government. They were very insulted by the fact that a large portion of the population didn't buy their official story on the London bombings and this is an attempt to scare the people into not asking questions. Or it could just be idiot copycats who made weak home-made bombs. Either way, the same people who were behind the London bombings benefit from this.
BBC reported that one of the individuals' rucksacks exploded and he looked surprised and dismayed. Who is planting these devices in people's luggage?
Sky News reported that Tony Blair was already in a crisis meeting which overlapped with the alert. Another case of preparing to 'control' the chaos as it unfolded?
There have been unconfirmed reports of an explosion on the London Underground, and an incident on a bus in Hackney, East London.
Stations at Warren Street, Oval and Shepherd's Bush have been closed.
The Ambulance service reports one injury at Warren Street station.
Services on the Victoria, Northern and Hammersmith & City Lines have been suspended.
Emergency services started receiving calls just after 12.30.
At Warren Street there were reports of a nail bomb explosion. Sky's Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said police believe this may have been the sound of detonators going off.
A Transport for London spokesman said: "There is a Code Amber which means that the trains are being taken to the next station and passengers evacuated to above ground.
"Police are at all three stations."
Victoria Line train passenger Ivan McCracken told Sky News he spoke to an Italian man who witnessed an explosion just after the train arrived at the platform.
"He told me he had seen a man carrying a rucksack which suddenly exploded. It was a minor explosion but enough to blow open his rucksack. Everyone rushed from the carriage. People evacuated very quickly. There was no panic.
"I didn't see anyone injured but there was shock and fright.
"There was a smell of smoke."
"The man who was holding the rucksack looked extremely dismayed.
Police have cordoned off the streets around Warren Street station. They said a suspect package had been reported on a Victoria Line train.
Sky reporter Mark White said authorities are "pushing everybody as far back from the station as they can".
"Police activity suggests that they are looking for somebody on the outside here."
Another eyewitness, Sosiane Mohellavi, said "Everyone panicked and people were screaming. We had to pull the alarm. I am still shaking."
Scotland Yard said emergency services have responded to an "incident" on a Number 26 bus in Hackney Road, on a junction near Colombia Road, east London.
The bus windows are apparently blown out.
Sky News Foreign Affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "There is a bus parked there which is empty and there is nobody anywhere near it. This does indicate that police think the bus is still dangerous."
Sky News Online's Rob Cole is at Shepherd's Bush. He said: " The whole of Shepherd's Bush Green is sealed off. About 400 metres on both sides of the Tube station is affected."
It is two weeks to the day since bombers attacked three Tube trains and a bus in central London.