Man is arrested after explosion damages house

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A Chorley man has been arrested in connection with an explosion which rocked a quiet street.

The blast ripped through parts of the ground floor of the semi-detached property on Coleshill Avenue, Burnley, on Thursday night.

The front door and hallway of the house were badly damaged in the blast which scattered debris 20ft down the road.

Now police have arrested a 40-year-old man from Chorley on suspicion of conspiring to cause an explosion likely to endanger life or serious injury to property. He has been bailed until Tuesday, September 30 pending further inquiries.

Detectives believe an explosive device may have caused the blast, which happened at around 11.15pm – but tests are still being carried out.

Neighbours reported hearing a huge bang just an hour after the England vs Uruguay World Cup game.

William Hezzlewood, who has lived on the road for more than 50 years, said he was shocked by the explosion.

He said: “It was a hell of a bang.

“I live in the street and all the neighbours came out. There was plastic scattered all over the place.

“If it was a bomb it made a hell of a noise.

“With the bang I thought that half the house would have been demolished, but the damage seems to be at a minimum.

“It is normally pretty quiet round here – there are a lot of people who have lived here for a long time.

“The police came and blocked the road off and sealed off the house.”

Police say the house was empty at the time and nobody was injured. Anybody with any information can call Burnley CID on 01282 472518.