Police rush to reports of explosion as ‘homes shake with force of blast’

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Emergency services have rushed to the scene of an explosion after a house reportedly "collapsed."

The blast forced "homes to shake" according to local reports in Manchester.

Two females have been taken to the hospital, although their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service scrambled to the scene in Bury.

It's understood to have happened on an estate close to Summerseat Garden Centre in Ramsbottom, reports Manchester Evening News.

Residents are understood to have been evacuated.

The fire service said calls began to come in from 9.20pm.

The spokesman confirmed the 'collapse of a property' but no further details were immediately available.

According to locals, their homes shook with the force of the blast, reports Paul Britton at Manchester Evening News.

The fire service said three fire engines and a technical response unit were in attendance at East View, Summerseat.

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The scene is close to the former Waterside pub, which was severely damaged in the Boxing Day floods of 2005, and the Kay Street bridge, which was partially washed away.

James Daly, the area’s MP, says on Twitter he’s aware of a ‘major incident’ and urges people to stay away from the area.

Two more women were also assessed at the scene, however the ambulance service reported they are not believed to be seriously injured.

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