House explodes in huge New Year’s Day blast as police evacuate nearby families

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Residents of a Portsmouth street have been evacuated by police after a large explosion at a property.

Emergency services are currently attending the incident in Whale Island Way, Portsmouth following the explosion some time before 1pm on New Year's Day.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has told the public to avoid the area to allow access for the fire engines and other emergency vehicles as "a number of crews from across Portsmouth" are at the scene.

A photo posted by South Central Ambulance Service's Hazardous Response Team shows a huge hole in a property as firefighters send a jet of water into the void.

"We have a number of crews from across Portsmouth on scene at a property fire on Whale Island Way," Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said on Twitter.

" Please avoid the area to allow access for emergency services vehicles."

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