Leeds flat explosion: Silk Mill Drive closed for demolition of building in Tinshill

Work has begun today to demolish a building in Leeds which was partially destroyed by an explosion.

Demolition work is carried out at the home in Silk Mill Drive, Tinshill. Picture: Steve Riding

Residents described hearing a loud bang as rubble was sent flying up to 100 yards from a first floor flat.

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They were taken to hospital with injuries which were not believed to be life threatening.

Investigators from West Yorkshire Fire Service returned to the property this morning as work to establish the cause continued.

However, West Yorkshire Police has already said it is not being treated as a terrorism related incident.

A neighbouring property was evacuated yesterday due to structural damage and Silk Mill Drive remains closed while the demolition work continues.

Demolition work is carried out at the home in Silk Mill Drive, Tinshill. Picture: Steve Riding

First Bus is diverting its 6 and 19A services via Woodnook Drive in both directions.

It said: “Service 19A normal route towards Yeadon, diverted via the top end of Silk Mill Drive to Silk Mill Way towards Leeds and Garforth, not serving the stops around Tinshill Club.”

Emergency services working at the scene yesterday afternoon. Picture Tony Johnson.
Demolition work is carried out at the home in Silk Mill Drive, Tinshill. Picture: Steve Riding
Emergency services working at the scene yesterday afternoon. Picture Tony Johnson.