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Explosion: Motorway Closed After Blast Reports

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© Provided by Sky NewsPolice have closed the A1 motorway at Catterick in North Yorkshire after an explosion was heard around 3am.Both slip roads to the area are closed and diversions are in place, with motorists warned to avoid the area.North Yorkshire Police said the report of the explosion came in the early hours but that no injuries were reported.

Catterick is home to the Army’s largest garrison, covering 20,000 acres of training land.

A spokesman for the garrison said the inquiry was police-led and did not have any information about how close the explosion was to the barracks.

The motorway closure is described as a “precautionary measure” while investigations take place.

Catterick village is heavily congested”, said a police tweet, with the Highways Agency reporting that six miles of motorway are affected.

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