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Investigation underway following explosion in Andover

Press Release   •   Dec 27, 2018 16:47 GMT

An investigation is underway following an explosion in Andover in which a man died.

It took place at around 2.30am on Thursday 27 December at a residential building in Launcelot Close, off Kings Arthurs Way.

The explosion caused the building to collapse.

The body of a 48-year-old man was found at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed.

No other injuries were reported and those listed as living at the address have been accounted for.

Officers have worked with colleagues from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to search the scene and this work is ongoing.

Detectives are now working to establish the exact circumstances of what happened.

Chief Inspector Kory Thorne, Test Valley district commander, said: “This is a tragic incident in which a man has died, and we are working hard to find out what happened.

“This process will take some time and a cordon will remain in place in the coming days.

“Launcelot Close remains closed to the public and we will update you when we are able to reopen the road.

“A number of neighbouring properties were evacuated and we have worked with Test Valley Borough Council and housing associations to make sure those residents are supported.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the explosion, or has any information about what happened.”

If you have any information, please contact us on 101, quoting reference number 44180478862.

In an emergency, call 999.