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West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service are at the scene and the road has been cordoned off by West Yorkshire Police.

Chemical explosion closes Leeds road
Police in Leeds have cordoned off a road in Holbeck after a chemical reaction in the sewers below caused an explosion.
Officers and firefighters are currently at the scene in Ingram Road, close to the junction with Cross Ingram Road.

A Yorkshire Evening Post reader shared this picture from the scene in Ingram Road, Holbeck.

One woman, whose car is parked inside the area cordoned off, said she was told that some nearby properties might also be evacuated as a precaution.

She said it appeared there had been a build-up of gas inside drains running under the street and manhole covers had been blown off.

The force of the blast is also understood to have caused damage to the road itself.

What West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is saying
A West Yorkshire Fire Service spokeswoman said: “Some chemicals had entered the waterway though the sewers, reacted and blown the manhole off. We don’t yet know how that happened and we’re trying to ascertain what the chemical is.

“We’re working with Yorkshire Water as well."

She said eight fire engines had initially been dispatched just before noon, but only four now remained at the scene.

Investigators at the scene say a 'small fire' on an industrial unit led to the sewer explosion which followed.

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What Yorkshire Ambulance Service says
YAS says they were called at 12.22pm. A Hazardous Area Response Team was sent to the scene but was not required. No one was treated.