Blast in Belfast city centre 'as area was being cleared'

DUP MLA Jonathan Craig has condemned the blast in a busy area of Belfast city centre as "absolutely reckless".

UTV News reports him saying that there was "an explosion as the area was being cleared" and that it was a "miracle" if no one had been injured.

There is no confirmation of this from the police and there are no reports of any injuries, UTV says.

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Belfast city centre bomb 'could have killed revellers'

A small explosion in the popular Cathedral Quarter of Belfast could have killed festive partygoers, police have said. Police say a telephone warning made before the blast directed them to the wrong location.