An investigation is underway after an explosion closed part of Piccadilly last night which resulted in a lorry catching fire.
Metropolitan Police officers and London Fire Brigade were called to Piccadilly at the junction with Sackville Street - close to Fortnum and Mason and the Royal Academy - at 11pm.
– Metropolitan Police
At this early stage, the fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault beneath a manhole cover."
The fire was brought under control and there were no reported injuries and no arrests. Witness Jon Hornbuckle tweeted to say there had been numerous explosions and thick black smoke.
That was scary, I was 10 steps away and then BANG.
The road reopened shortly before 4am. In February.
A4 Piccadilly (eastbound) at the j/w St James's Street - Road closed due to a fire. Please use another route. http://t.co/uk5v0eJV3s
In February, around 50 people were evacuated from the Caledonian Road area of Islington after a pavement burst into flames. Last year Health and Safety Officials warned that Londoners could be at serious risk after two other similar explosions.