FIRE crews rushed to the scene of an underground electrical explosion which left a section of pavement in the town centre damaged.

An electrical cable buried underground at Trinity Street, near to Bolton Train Station, exploded yesterday morning.

Fire crews were called to make sure a fire did not break out.

Traffic was disrupted on the road as the electricity board worked for an hour and a half to isolate the power.

Pictures show bricks on the pavement raised and disturbed, with some debris scattered across the road.

Dave Greenwood, a firefighter from Bolton Central fire station, said: “The explosion lifted the flags on the pathway.

“We were there to support the electricity board until they isolated the power. No one was injured.”

A spokesperson for Electricity North West said: “A fault on an underground electricity cable in Bolton at 9:29am caused a power cut to 89 customers.

“For safety reasons, the local fire service attended site after receiving reports of smoke and alerted us at 9:50am.

“Our engineers attended site and were able to restore power to all customers within the hour at 10:16am.

“If anyone needs any more information during a power cut, they can follow Electricity North West on Twitter or Facebook for updates, see our live power cut map at, or call us free on 105.”

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