BRITISH police evacuated a tube station in North London after terrified commuters reported an explosion at the height of evening rush-hour.

Locals were told to stay inside after emergency services and sniffer dogs swarmed Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm (5am AEST), reports The Sun.

It has since been confirmed a battery short circuit caused the explosion.

Locals were told to stay inside after emergency services and sniffer dogs swarmed Southgate Tube Station shortly before 8pm.

One witness told the London Evening Standard that someone was taken out of the station on a stretcher - but cops have not confirmed any injuries, The Sun reported.

City worker Darren Yarlett, 36, said: "The police moved us on, but they said there was an explosion in the station.

The K9 unit was at the scene. Picture: Twitter
The K9 unit was at the scene. Picture: Twitter

"There must be around 50 or 60 police, an ambulance, fire arms and dog units."

He added: "I didn't hear anything so don't want to jump to any conclusions but the amount of ambulances would say something has happened."

One Twitter user shared pictures of police vans on the scene and said: "Stuck in an Indian restaurant opposite Southgate station because of a suspect bomb going off inside (the station).

"Don't know too much except we have been told to stay inside. Suspet9 device found/gone off inside tube. Saw one person coming out on a stretcher."

British Transport Police said: "Officers remain at #Southgate tube station. Enquires are ongoing to establish the cause of a reported minor explosion at 19:03 hours. We are not aware of any serious injury."

"We are currently dealing with an incident at Southgate tube station with Met Police following reports of a suspicious package. More info as we get it."


 Police said "a small number of people" were treated at the scene by paramedics following the blast just after 7pm, which sparked panic among commuters.

Scotland Yard said it was investigating the cause of the explosion, which followed reports of of a suspicious package at the station.

"We are not aware of any serious injury," added a Metropolitan Police spokesman.

The force said it was called to reports of "an explosion and people running at Southgate underground station".

The Piccadilly line station has been cordoned off by officers and sniffer dogs have been pictured at the scene.

Witnesses said they could smell burning from outside following the explosion.

"I was at Southgate station when this commotion started," wrote a Twitter user. "I could smell burning (like rubber) and saw multiple people hurrying for the exits."

‚ÄčLondon Ambulance Service and fire crews have also been sent to the scene.

Residents of nearby homes said they had been evacuated by police.

"Got escorted out of my flat next to Southgate tube station," tweeted one woman. "All cornered off but we're not getting many answers. I have no bra on, one hand painted and my hairs wet.

"People just lining the streets at this point.. like something out of a film right now."

A nearby gym was also reported to have been evacuated.

- with the Sun