Man in his 40s arrested with serious injuries following Sharnbrook explosion

Police vans at Loring Road in Sharnbrook following an explosion at a residential property
Loring Road was cordoned off during the police investigation (image: South Beds News Agency)

Bedfordshire Police have confirmed that a man in his 40s has been arrested following a small explosion at a property in Sharnbrook on Easter Monday (10 April).

Emergency services had been at the property on Loring Road following reports of an explosion at the house and the road was cordoned off by the police as the bomb squad and the police examined the home.

Firefighters also stood by and as a precaution, three neighbouring homes were evacuated following the explosion on Monday evening.

The man, who is in his early 40s and is believed to live with his mother, is being treated at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge for what police described as “serious injuries”.

Writing on Sharnbrook’s village Facebook group, the mother of the arrested man wrote:

“For information. One of my son’s chemistry experiments went wrong. Police are ensuring the house & surrounding residents are safe. He’s in Addenbrookes with some serious injuries.

“Hopefully, that will answer the questions. I’m sorry if people are being inconvenienced. The police will be there until they’ve ensured it’s safe for people to return. Apologies again.”

On Twitter, Bedfordshire police said: “Our investigation is in its early stages and there may be specialist teams at the site which people may not recognise.

“This is nothing to be alarmed about. Early enquiries suggest this is an isolated incident with no risk to the wider public.

If you have any info which you think could help our enquiries, please call 101 and quote Op Astorian.”