Explosion in east London as police evacuate surrounding houses

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An explosion in East London has forced police to evacuate and cordon off an entire residential area.

Newham Police said officers are assisting the London Fire Brigade at the scene of an explosion in Waddington Road, which is near Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre.

The force said police were called at 7.45am to reports of an explosion, and placed a cordon around the area.

Nearby residential homes were immediately evacuated as a safety precaution and there have been no reported injuries.

Enquiries into what caused the November 1 explosion are ongoing, MyLondon has reported.

In a tweet, Newham Police said: "Newham Police Tweeted: "Officers are assisting @LondonFire at the scene of an explosion at a residential property in Waddington Road, #E15. Police were called at 07:54hrs today.

"No reported injuries.

"Road closures are in place and several nearby homes have been evacuated.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

Pictures of the scene shared to Twitter show a large police presence at the top of Waddington Road.

Firefighters can also be scene inside the cordon, with a London Fire Brigade Command Unit also spotted on site.

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