More than five people are receiving medical treatment after what British police are describing as a minor explosion at an underground station in north London.
Two have been taken to hospital as three others were treated for minor injuries at the scene at Southgate station, according to London Ambulance Service, Xinhua news agency reported.
Earlier, police said they had been called to reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate station at 7.03pm local time on Tuesday.
They said there was no immediate indication that the incident was linked to terrorism.
“It appears at this stage that the cause of the explosion was a battery short circuit”, police said, adding they were working to establish the full facts.
Police closed the station and said officers were dealing with a suspicious package.
“Enquires are ongoing to establish the cause of a reported minor explosion,” the Metropolitan Police said on Twitter.
“We are not aware of any serious injury.”
Local residents reported on Twitter they were escorted out of their homes and others were instructed to stay in restaurants and shops near the scene.