London: A homemade bomb deliberately planted in a city centre bin ‘went off’ on Thursday as hundreds of Christmas shoppers walked nearby.
Luckily the “crude, improvised device” failed to explode and only ignited in a toilet block. The Fishergate Shopping Centre in Preston was evacuated after the device burst into flames.
Police say there are currently no further details about the device, which luckily caused no real damage and no injuries, but confirmed it could have injured someone.
They added it’s too early to say if there is any terrorism link to the device. Chief Superintendent James Lee, South Division Commander for Preston, said the device was being recovered by bomb disposal officers.
The shopping centre is being searched for any other devices to ensure it is “safe and secure” before it is reopened. There’s no other issues or intelligence to suggest anything else will happen in Preston, it’s just purely Fishergate centre, and we need to make sure it is safe and secure for people to go back into.”
It was reported that the device caused a small fire that was put out with an extinguisher. It was then recovered by bomb disposal experts.