London Sidewalks Explode Because Of Electricity Boxes

/ 5 years ago

KABOOM! Not something you normally hear about. If you live in London, this may be more of a normalized happening. LondonNet reported recently on explosions in London. These are not acts of terror, but rather accidents waiting to happen. The cause, is not what you might expect, Under-pavement electricity boxes. There are over 100,000 of these boxes under the streets of London, which UK Power Networks are not really worried about. UPN has stated that there have been ‘Relatively few cases when our equipment has faltered’. My thoughts are slightly different, here are some statistics.

2010 12 explosions
2011 8 explosions
2012 29 explosions
2013 12 explosions

Remember, we are only 6 months into this year and there have already been 12 explosions, if the numbers stay at their current rate we can expect at least another 12 explosions this year. Londoners could be at risk, Health and Safety Executives have been following the growth of these explosions, and seem concerned for the safety of people who travel the sidewalks in London

Video: Explosion Pimlico Road London April 2013

Personally I would be worried about walking down the street if it could explode at any minute. There have been four known injuries caused from the explosions over the past few years. Three women were injured in May 2012 and a 76 year old male was injured in August of 2011. How many injuries must there be, before UPN realizes that there is an issue here.

Would you be worried about walking down the street if the ground beneath you was to start exploding? Let me know in the comments below.

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2 Responses to “London Sidewalks Explode Because Of Electricity Boxes”
  1. James says:

    Surely this is illegal to allow a company to put the public in danger by accidental death?

  2. Wayne says:

    Fortunately we don’t have this problem in South Africa because ours have already been stolen for the resale of the copper to corrupt scrap merchants. It’s a sad state of affairs.

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