Properties evacuated in Chinley after pavement blast drama

Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.
Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.

Homes and businesses had to be evacuated this morning (Friday) following an ‘explosion’ in a High Peak village.

A manhole cover was blown into the air by the blast underneath the pavement on Lower Lane, Chinley, shortly before 10am.

Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.

Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.

There were no reports of any injuries, but debris was left strewn across the road, near to its junction with Green Lane.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: “We evacuated, on the advice of the fire service, Chinley Stores and the surrounding shops on Lower Lane, and advised people living nearby to stay inside while an investigation was carried out.”

Gas and electrical engineers were on the scene to isolate supplies, as firefighters from Chapel-en-le-Frith carried out checks to ensure the area was safe.

“After the gas and electric supplies had been checked, the occupants were allowed back into their premises,” a Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman added.

Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.

Police and firefighters at the scene of the incident on Lower Lane, Chinley, on Friday morning. Photo: Keith Holford.

The incident, believed to have been caused by an underground cable fault, left 81 properties in Chinley without power.

A spokesperson for Electricity North West said: “Our engineers quickly arrived on site to ensure the area was safe and they will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the fault and restoring power as quickly as possible.

“The fault, which occurred on a piece of equipment underneath the pavement, caused external damage on site, but we would like to assure customers that incidents of this nature are extremely rare and we regularly maintain our underground network to ensure customers across the North West receive a reliable supply of electricity.

“If customers would like any further information they can contact us on 0800 195 4141 or follow us @ElectricityNW.”

The company estimates supplies will be fully restored by 5pm.

The road reopened at around lunchtime.