UPDATE: Five Men Injured In Batley Explosion

Emergency services have been at the scene since Wednesday evening.

West Yorkshire Police say they're continuing to investigate an explosion in Batley on Wednesday night.

Officers were called at 6:47pm to Hick Lane and emergency services including ambulance and fire service were quickly deployed to the scene.

Five men, aged between 35 and 39, suffered burn injuries and were taken to hospital for urgent medical treatment.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) have also been at the scene as a precautionary measure.

A police cordon remains in place in Batley town centre whilst enquiries continue to establish the cause of the explosion.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, said: “Police and partner agencies have worked throughout the night to ensure the scene is safe and there is no safety risk to members of the public.

“All injured parties are still in hospital receiving treatment for their injuries.

“We will be continuing with our enquiries throughout today and would like to thank the local residents and public for their patience whilst we establish the full circumstances of the incident. At this stage, we are not treating it as a terrorist incident.”

Sam Macintyre posted a video of the scene on Twitter: 


The Mayor of Kirklees tweeted to say her thoughts are with everyone affected:


Batley & Spen MP Tracy Brabin tweeted:

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