Ten properties 'seriously affected' by Oldham blast

Oldham Council says a number of properties in the immediate area of the explosion will have to be demolished.

Houses damaged on Buckley Street in the Shaw area of Oldham
Houses damaged on Buckley Street in the Shaw area of Oldham Credit: Press Association

Ten properties were seriously affected. The council says others will have to be assessed for structural damage.

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