Dramatic CCTV footage has captured the moment a mother and her two children were forced to run for their lives after a manhole cover exploded in a street.
A camera filmed the moment an electrical fault caused the explosion in the pavement next to a cashpoint being used by the family.
The force of the blast ripped part of a newsagent’s shop sign down, which narrowly avoided colliding with the head of the young boy.
Emergency services were called out to the incident in Northampton, shortly after 8am on Tuesday and the mother was treated by the ambulance service. An East Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance attended to treat a woman who had been walking in the area with two children when the cover flew into the air, but there were no serious injuries.”
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Fire Service said the cause of the explosion was an electrical fault in an underground box.
A large trench was built outside a supermarket to allow workers from Western Power to fix the junction box. Western Power said that power would be cut to at least 90 properties in Northampton on Tuesday as the company carried out repairs.
A total of 90 properties were temporarily without power on Tuesday, with all electricity supplies switched back on by 4pm.
A spokesman for Western Power said: “We have conducted it in stages so as to minimise disruption as much as possible, but we apologise to residents for any inconvenience c