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Streets sealed off in blast alert

Buildings were evacuated and streets closed after reports of an explosion in Belfast city centre.

Police were called to a "security alert" in Victoria Street at about 9.30pm yesterday and bomb disposal experts were at the scene last night .

Officers reportedly dealt with a suspect vehicle before an explosion was heard. Police at the scene said it was not a controlled detonation, the BBC said.

Northern Ireland Police said six roads - Victoria Street, Chichester Street, Oxford Street, Ann Street, Seymour Street and May Street - were closed for "a number of hours" and traffic diversions put in place.

A number of buildings were also evacuated.

The alert was near the Victoria Square shopping centre, the Northern Ireland Court Service and the Musgrave Street police station.

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