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Explosion Gorse Park Ayr

A multi-agency investigation involving Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, South Ayrshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and Scottish Gas Network is continuing to establish the cause of the explosion at Gorse Park, Ayr, on Monday, 18 October, 2021.


Details of Incident

A multi-agency investigation is continuing to establish the cause of the explosion at Gorse Park, Ayr, on Monday, 18 October, 2021.

Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, South Ayrshire Council, the Health and Safety Executive and SGN are all involved and are currently keeping an open mind as to what has happened.

All four people, two adults and two children, remain in hospital. A 47-year-old man is in a stable condition in Queen Elizabeth University hospital. An 11-year-old boy is also in a stable condition in the Royal Hospital for sick children. A 43-year-old woman is still in a critical condition in Glasgow Royal Infirmary. A 16-year old boy is still in a critical condition in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Chief Inspector Derrick Johnston, area commander for South Ayrshire, said: “Our thoughts are very much with those injured in the explosion, their families and people in the community who have been displaced from their homes. I would like to thank everyone for their patience.

“All partner agencies are working together to find out the cause but this is a complex incident and finding answers will take time. I can assure the public that we are working hard to establish the full circumstances.”

Police Scotland are appealing for any information including photographs, CCTV, doorbell or dashcam footage that may support our investigation into this incident.

Contact Information

Anyone who has any information in connection with the incident (including footage) can contact Police on either 101,  Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or alternatively by submitting information via the link at the bottom of this page.