Fire, police and ambulance called after a gas canister explosion at a Norwich pub

A carbon dioxide cylinder “went off” in the basement of the Catherine Wheel pub. Photo by Andy Futte

A carbon dioxide cylinder “went off” in the basement of the Catherine Wheel pub. Photo by Andy Futter. - Credit: Archant

Fire crews, police and ambulances dashed to the scene after a carbon dioxide cylinder exploded in the basement of the Catherine Wheel pub in St Augustines Street, Norwich.

The Catherine Wheel pub in St Augustines Street, Norwich.

The Catherine Wheel pub in St Augustines Street, Norwich. - Credit: Archant

After a loud bang startled drinkers, the landlady evacuated the pub and called the emergency services at 8.37pm.

A rapid response vehicle and ambulance officer arrived in three minutes and treated a man after he inhaled carbon dioxide - he was discharged at the scene.

Three fire crews, one from Sprowston, Earlham and Carrow Road, were called after receiving reports of the unsafe cylinder.

A spokesman from the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: 'A carbon dioxide cylinder went off in the basement.'

A carbon dioxide cylinder “went off” in the basement of the Catherine Wheel pub. Photo by Andy Futte

A carbon dioxide cylinder “went off” in the basement of the Catherine Wheel pub. Photo by Andy Futter. - Credit: Archant

Firefighters used breathing apparatus and a gas monitor to make the scene safe.

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