House 'blown apart' by explosion in Sunderland

House completely destroyed after early-morning explosion in Sunderland

House completely destroyed after early-morning explosion in Sunderland

Emergency services rushed to Rosslyn Avenue, Ryhope, this morning at around 9.05am, after residents said they heard what sounded like a "bomb explosion".

Emergency services are attending a major incident in Sunderland after reports of a huge explosion at a house.

Northumbria Police officers and a team from the North East Ambulance Service are at the scene. "For your safety, we ask that people do not attend the scene", a police statement on Facebook read.

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The explosion is said to have occurred at a private address. "Further updates to follow".

North East Ambulance Service also confirmed they are now at the address.

On Twitter Northumbria Police said: "There is nothing to indicate at this time that this is linked to terrorism". It is not known at present if it was carrying any casualties.

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One woman said on Twitter her house "literally shook". "It sounds like a war zone".

Reports on social media suggested half of the house had been destroyed and its roof "blown off". They urged people to stay away from the area.

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