PART of a major Aberdeen road is blocked off today following an underground explosion.
Emergency services were called to Auchmill Road at 6.05am following the incident.
The explosion was caused by overheating wires underground.
One fire engine from North Anderson Drive is in attendance.
A Police Scotland spokesman said both Aberdeen City Council and BEAR Scotland have been advised of the problem.
Scottish and Southern Energy are also at the scene to assist with the clear-up.
A spokesman for the company said: “We were called by the fire brigade and have an engineer at the scene. He is trying to make the area safe just now. Unfortunately we had to disconnect 26 properties, but their priority is to make the scene safe first.
“Power was restored at 7.40am.
“A member of the public phoned the fire brigade after seeing smoke coming from the pavement. This was caused by the overheating of insulation around underground wires.”
Scottish and Southern Energy working on Auchmill Road following the explosion pic.twitter.com/XI0tK37Jmi
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Traffic problems are expected throughout the day as a result of a section of the citybound lane being blocked off, between Cairnfield Place and Auchmill Terrace.
The police spokesman said: “There will be delays, but we expect the road moving.
“It could take a good part of the day before everything is clear.
“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time with the traffic building up in the area, but hopefully it will be resolved sooner rather than later.”
Picture by Alison Rennie
There were reports of tailbacks from the scene to, at least, the Bucksburn police station.
Buses were also expecting delays to their services.
B/bird – Auchmill Road, lane closure Eastbound due to a reported underground explosion. Delays expected 10 35 37 727 X20 and school buses
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