Fear of gas explosion sparked stand-off

Emergency services were called out to Onslow Road, Layton

Emergency services were called out to Onslow Road, Layton

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A domestic row that got out of hand ended with police and firefighters evacuating a row of homes after a man allegedly threatened to blow one of them up.

Police negotiators were sent to a flat on Onslow Road, Layton, sparking a brief stand-off, while neighbours were taken to safety.

It became a stand-off with the threat of a gas explosion

A 20-year-old man spent yesterday in police custody following the incident on Sunday night.

Police alerted fire crews at around 5.45pm, reporting the “threat of a gas explosion”.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We were called by police to reports of a man threatening to set fire to the flat and switch the gas on.

“It became a stand-off with the threat of a gas explosion. Fortunately, there was no fire or explosion.”

The incident was resolved peacefully at around 7pm.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We were called out at 5.45pm to a domestic incident.

“A man had an argument with his partner and threatened to turn the gas supply on inside the address.

“Police attended, along with fire crews and negotiators. Local residents were evacuated and a cordon was in place to contain the incident.”

A 20-year-old Blackpool man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of making threats to damage or destroy property.

He has since been released on police bail until May 7.