WATCH: Explosion in bus rocks London
The bus was approaching a stop filled with passengers.
An explosion in a double decker bus in London's Kingston area rocked the capital on Friday.
A London bus carrying 350 litres of fuel burst into flames with passengers still on board as it drove through a town centre this morning, local media reported.
Smoke started streaming from the double-decker 371 bus as it pulled into a stop in Kingston, south west London at around 9am this morning. Moments later the rear of the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
Smoke was seen rising from the 371 bus as it approach a stop in London's south west Kingston area in the morning before the rear of the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
It is believed no one was injured.
Kingston Police took to Twitter to alert residents about the explosion:
Currently dealing with a bus fire on High Street, Kingston - please stay away pic.twitter.com/OTU1FtyRWr- Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) December 2, 2016
The London Fire Brigade evacuated residents from their home amid fear that the bus might explode, but the fire had been brought under control without any casualties.
The driver needed medical treatment at the scene after inhaling smoke.
Pictures shared on social media showed the back of the double-decker engulfed in flames, sending dark plumes of smoke into the sky.
A witness, Rich Carpenter, said: 'The bus was smoking when I went into a shop and was on fire when I came back out.
An investigation has been initiated to ascertain the cause of the fire.
Until then, making light of the situation, Kingston Police tweeted this:
Pretty sure this is going to affect rush hour now so plan your journey - & no we haven't built sand castles... yet pic.twitter.com/kRv58wDmZW- Kingston Police (@MPSKingston) December 2, 2016
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