Live updates

Bird's eye view reveals extent of devastation after gas explosion rips through residential Clacton street

A serious gas explosion in Essex has resulted in ten people being taken to hospital, with two seriously injured.

Two homes were said to be "flattened" by the blast at Cloes Lane in Clacton and a third was badly damaged.

Click below to see devastating aerial images of the scene

Read more: 10 injured in blast with two in a serious condition


Clacton house explosion: Ambulance service update

"Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital. Eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning.

"A man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in a life-threatening after being anaesthetised on scene by air ambulance paramedics. A woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield with severe burns.

"The other casualties were taken with serious and minor injuries to CGH. Injuries include burns, and trauma injuries such as broken legs."


Clacton explosion: Everyone now accounted for following blast

The Assistant Divisional Officer of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Palfreyman, says that everyone has now been accounted for following a major explosion in Clacton earlier today.

A number of people were missing immediately after the incident but those fears have now subsided.

Read more: Multiple casualties reported at Clacton house explosion

Latest Tweets on explosion in Clacton


Statement on the house explosion in Clacton this morning: Stay tuned for further updates. #clactonexplosion


Essex Fire & Rescue:- Clacton Explosion - Assistant Divisional Officer Lee Palfreyman, incident commander,...


Just spoken to my Nan who lives near Cloes Lane in Clacton. She heard a huge explosion near new housing development. Now having a cuppa.


Five people taken to hospital after houses 'flattened'

Essex Fire Service has tweeted:


#ClactonExplosion - Five people have been taken to hospital, one with life threatening injuries.


#ClactonExplosion - five people are being assessed on scene by ambulance paramedics.

Load more updates


Today's top stories