Boston explosion: Unconfirmed local speculation of home brewing at unit

Police and firefighters at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Firefighters had to cut their way into the unit after intense heat melted its doors. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Police and firefighters at the scene of an explosion at the Broadfield Lane industrial estate in Boston, Lincolnshire. Firefighters had to cut their way into the unit after intense heat melted its doors. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Thursday, 2am: Lincolnshire police have refused to confirm or deny whether the people involved in the explosion on Broadfield Lane were working as moonshiners.

Locals are suggesting that the industrial unit was being used to brew homemade alcohol, however, police spokesman Nerys McGarry would not confirm or deny the claims.

She said: “Forensics are currently looking at the scene and trying to discover the cause of this tragic explosion. However, until they have revealed the outcome we cannot say whether or not that is the case.”

Officers have described the site of the blast as a small unit, which is part of a row of smiliarly-shaped buildings.

It is believed that none of the other nearby buildings suffered a large amount of damage.

Ms McGarry added: “We understand it was a rapid explosion rather than a long drawn out blaze. Not a lot of extensive damage was caused to the nearby units.”