Explosion in Coventry

2 people have received flash burns as they walked through Coventry this afternoon (Monday 19th April) after an explosion under the pavement.

The incident occurred on Fairfax Street, near to the Britannia Hotel at around 2.45pm. An ambulance and two senior paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found two people who had suffered flash burns after an explosion beneath the pavement they were walking on.

“The two pedestrians, a man and a woman, were treated at the scene for burns to their arms, legs, faces and hair. Both patients, believed to be around 20 years old were transferred in the same ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The pedestrians were walking along Fairfax Street when the explosion suddenly occurred.”

“All ambulance resources have now been stood down from the incident.”

*photograph courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service*