Broad Street evacuated following loud "explosion" at REP Theatre

Police fire and ambulance crews were all scrambled to the scene with roads closed surrounding Centenary Square and Broad Street- the city's main entertainment district

Police fire and ambulance crews were all scrambled to the scene with roads closed surrounding Centenary Square and Broad Street- the city's main entertainment district

There was panic on the streets after it was rocked by the huge blast at around 8.15pm, with police, fire and ambulance crews were all scrambled to the area.

Roads surrounding the theatre are closed.

A statement from the force posted on Twitter said: "All emergency services are now at Birmingham's Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion".

One of Birmingham's major entertainment districts was partly evacuated amid reports of an "explosion" last night.

"Initial indications are that this was a technical fault".

Everyone has been evacuated and no casualties have been reported. "Everyone has been evacuated are are being kept safe".

He said: "I was on Broad Street having a drink with the wife when we heard this deafening noise".

'Police were there very quickly and have done a good job cordoning off the area and diverting traffic'. "Please AVOID the area".

Birmingham Rep confirmed on Twitter that the incident was a technical fault and said the evacuation was a "precautionary measure".

People were led away from the Rep theatre and from outside Symphony Hall on Broad Street after a loud bang was heard at about 20:00 GMT.

Allison O'Dea tweeted: 'Just heard a massive explosion-sounding noise in Birmingham City centre while walking through Brindley place.

A production of Brief Encounter was being staged at the 1,014-capacity theatre, while at the Symphony Hall, folk band Iron and Wine were scheduled to perform. What on earth is happening??'

Taking to Twitter, one said: "Huge explosion in town, Birmingham, near the canals about 8:15pm".

It added: "We're pleased to report there were no injuries".