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Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes after an explosion at a factory in Greater Manchester last night. Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire.

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Pictures from last night's factory explosion in Radcliffe

Hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes after an explosion at a factory in Greater Manchester last night.

Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire.

The blaze broke out at the industrial site in Radcliffe at around 9.45pm. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Many people will be allowed home later this morning but roads in the area will remain closed.

The blaze broke out at the industrial site at around 9.45pm.

Around 50 firefighters were called to the scene on Schofield Street as the flames spread across a number of units.

Firefighters were called to Bury Road in Radcliffe after a gas main ignited a fire Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said a gas mains pipe in one of the properties then exploded forcing emergency workers to evacuated nearby properties as a precaution.

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