Greater Manchester ‘fireball’: ‘Big bang’ explosion at substation causes power outages | UK News

Dashcam footage captured the moment a “fireball” erupted in the sky at an electricity substation in Greater Manchester.

The explosion occurred at around 8.50am on Wednesday morning in Stalybridge, Tameside.

Fraser Cottrell managed to record the moment the fire dramatically began on his car’s dashcam.

He said there was a “big bang” and “then the power went off”.

Fire in Tameside

Mr Cottrell told the Manchester Evening News that the traffic lights were affected, and his partner had rung to say the power in their flat went off and on as well.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said three fire engines from three stations – in Stalybridge, Ashton-Under-Lyne, and Mossley – were called to the scene on Bayley Street.

The service confirmed the fire involved an electricity substation.

It added officers were working with Electricity North West and Greater Manchester Police to secure the area.

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Fire in Tameside
Aftermath of the fireball

A police cordon was put up on Clarence Street, with Tameside Council urging people to avoid the area, the Manchester Evening News reported.

The road had reopened by midday.