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People in London are in a panic after reports of an “explosion” and “gunfire” broke out on social media on Friday evening. The video above shows people — including police — running down the street.
Within a few minutes of the news breaking on social media, police and other emergency crews arrived on the scene.
“We were called at 1643 to an incident at Oxford Circus tube. Three fire engines & 15 firefighters are in attendance. Please avoid the area,” London Fire Brigade tweeted a short time ago.
Several people on Twitter have tweeted about being on lockdown, but police have not shared any information about exactly what is going on.
The Metropolitan Police released the following statement on their website, shortly after reports of an incident of some kind were reported.
“Police have responded as if the incident is terrorist related. Armed and unarmed officers are on scene and dealing along with colleagues from British Transport Police. If you are on Oxford Street go into a building and stay inside until further direction. Avoid traveling to the Oxford Street area. At this stage police have not located any casualties.”
According to BBC News, police responded to an incident at the Oxford Circus Station. However, there have been a lot of conflicting reports about what is actually going on. Some people have suggested that there was a fight on the tube, while others believe that this incident is terror-related. Police have not confirmed any details one way or another, however.
“Police at Oxford Circus tell me: there’s a lot of conflicting stories. First calls were that there was an incident on Oxford Street, they are talking with BTP and checking Oxford Street station. There are a lot of firearms officers on site,” reported BBC journalist Julia Macfarlane.
“Building are on Lockdown. Louis Vuitton Boutique closes with people inside,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Something bad is happening in Oxford Circus and Soho area people running like crazy we are looked inside a shop,” wrote another.
“Second round of running and screaming far more terrifying than first. Ppl dropped their shopping on the streets and bolted,” added a third.