One person injured after electrical box explosion sparks panic on Oxford Street

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One person has been injured after an electrical explosion sparked panic on London’s busiest shopping street.

Smoke billowed over Oxford Street as terrified shoppers “ran in horror” following what police later described as a “small power network explosion” on Wednesday evening.

One man suffered minor injuries when a box containing electric cables overloaded close to John Lewis’ flagship store, Scotland Yard said.

Dramatic footage posted on social media showed concerned shoppers rush away from the scene while other images appeared to show a blackened pavement.

Met Police officers and crews from London Fire Brigade rushed to the retail hub, which attracts millions of tourists every week.

People were evacuated from nearby shops as a cordon was put in place around the explosion.

One man described on Twitter how customers were “screaming and crying” inside John Lewis as they were told to “hide or get out”.

While a restaurant worker said crowds ran past the window “looking back in horror”.

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