Family escape Northampton manhole explosion

CCTV footage has captured the moment a mother and her two children escaped an exploding manhole.

Picture: JP

A camera outside a supermarket in Northampton filmed the explosion which was caused by an electrical fault in the pavement next to a cashpoint being used by the family.

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Emergency services were called out to the incident shortly after 8am on Tuesday and the mother was treated by the ambulance service. An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance attended to treat a woman who had been walking in the area with two children when the cover flew into the air, but there were no serious injuries.”

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire Service said the cause of the explosion was an electrical fault in an underground box.

Picture: JP