Lorry Fire Sparks Panic in Central London amid Reports of Multiple Blasts
A lorry fire sparked panic in Central London amid reports of multiple explosions in Piccadilly.
Members of the public reported hearing at least one explosion as well as flames in the area shortly before 11pm, as well as seeing people in shock following the incident.
According to the Metropolitan Police, the vehicle caught fire near Fortnum and Mason, but there were no explosions and no one has been injured or arrested.
The London Fire Brigade said the blaze was started by cables coming up through a manhole cover, which then set fire to the van.
A witness, John Loughrey, 58, said he heard a loud bang which caused panic on the street and the lights to go out.
"My first instinct was a terror attack," he said adding that a man had started running towards the fire and had been jumped on by police.
TfL Traffic News said A4 Piccadilly was closed in both directions between Regent Street and Duke Street, with pictures showing firefighters tackling a blaze behind a police cordon.
The road reopened shortly before 4am, a spokesman for the Met said.
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