08:59 GMT19 January 2021
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    UK Police on Sunday rushed to London’s district of Harold Hill, located in the northeastern part of the British capital, following reports of a huge blast.

    The fire crews and police officers arrived at the scene of an explosion that occurred at 12:30pm local time.

    No one has been wounded or killed in the blast, the Metropolitan police said in a statement.

    The authorities said the incident was not a terrorist act, saying the blast was gas related.

    The roads have been briefly closed and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

    The forced evacuation of people in nearby buildings is underway. 

    London was hit by a wave of terror attacks last year, including car-ramming incidents at Finsbury Park, on London Bridge and Westminster Bridge, putting UK security forces on high alert. After a bombing in the London tube on September 15, which left dozens of people injured, the terror threat level was raised to critical but has since been lowered to severe, the fourth out of the five terror threat levels.

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