Man’s body found after house explodes in England

A man has died after a house collapsed following an explosion in Hampshire.

His body was found after the blast at around 2.30am on Thursday in Andover.

Witnesses described hearing a ‘huge clap of thunder’ as they said one building was destroyed and another suffered severe damage during the incident.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated.

Gas engineers rushed to the site after the explosion.

Dan Brown, a spokesman for gas distribution company SGN, said: ‘Following reports of an explosion in Launcelot Close, Andover, our engineers joined the emergency services on site in the early hours of the morning.

‘We understand an occupant in the property at the time of the explosion has died and our thoughts are with them and their family.

‘While it is too early to speculate as to what has happened, we’re working closely with the emergency services to help identify the cause.

‘We’ll remain on site to support the emergency services to help discover the cause of the explosion.’