LONDON: HUGE explosions have been heard with homes urgently evacuated after a blazing inferno broke out at a factory in Hull today.
The fire ripped through Thompsons Plastics in Hessle just before 4pm this afternoon, with large plumes of black smoke and bright orange flames seen from miles around.
Witnesses described hearing "huge explosions every 10 seconds", with other reports of nearby residents suffering power outages.
The smoke reached the tops of homes, while dramatic footage showed thick columns of fiery smoke raging as bangs went off.
There are reports of the wind causing the fire to spread across the city.
One man said he could hear the explosions "like bombs" coming from the fire and even had debris like "coal" landing in his garden with another saying coal is "falling from the sky," reports Hull Live.
Power has reportedly gone out in some parts while residents said their tap water "smelled like water" and turned brown.
One resident, whose home is currently surrounded by emergency services, said he came home around 3.30pm from work to find flames in his back garden.
He said: "Half the street on Buttfield Road has lost power, because it is at the back of the factory.
"There is a drain /beck behind the houses before the trees so that is a natural breaker."
Black smoke clouds appear to be "growing" near Humber Bridge with motorists advised to avoid the A63.
The fire service has warned people to close all doors and windows as crews battle to extinguish the flames.
It is also understood multiple hospitality venues are shutting in Hessle Square, including pubs and shops.
One witness said: "I'm in Saxon Way in Hessle, people are now being been evacuated. Police and fire engines are at the scene too."