I can see the tube platform at Parsons Green from my window where I live. As I was taking my son to school I opened my front door and suddenly heard lots of passengers screaming on the tube platform, which is above ground.
My entire street filled with people leaving the station in a panic.
Lots of people were running, some were crying and others were just walking really fast. They were all pouring out and I was worried something serious going on.
I took my son back into the house to keep him safe and then went outside to find out more about what was happening. There was just so much confusion, some rumours were being spread about a knife man on the loose but I don’t think that was true. I live near the back end of tube so I am guessing most people were leaving via the front entrance.
I have no idea how many people would have been injured but someone came out and said someone had been burned. There was one woman in floods of tears walking toward me and guy behind her on bike, and he was saying “it’s just an accident don’t worry”.
No one knew what was happening and even though many people were leaving, some were still on the platforms. I don’t know whether they were hurt or witnesses but they were wandering up and down.
Our street is now cordoned off and the police have told us to leave the house. My children are at school and we believe this is the safest place for them in the meantime.
Olaniyi Shokumbi, 24, a fitness instructor had joined the district line tube on the way to work. He said: “I had my headphones on and was listening to music. The train had got to Parsons Green. Some people had got off, some had got on.
“I looked to my left and I saw hundreds of people running up. I heard shouting and screaming. I ran out as well.
“It was tightly packed as we were all trying to get out of the station at the same time. People were pushing each other, falling on the floor. There were school kids.
“I saw people jumping not caring where they landed or whether they broke bones. They were leaping over the barriers.”
Amid the panic, he said he saw a woman on the floor. “I didn’t know whether she was breathing. There was a little boy on the train station, screaming and crying and saying he couldn’t find his little brother.”
Shokumbi continued: “Coming out of the station, I initially thought it was an acid attack. I didn’t hear the explosion because I had my headphones on.”
“I went to check my sister was alright at Lady Margaret School. Some girls had still not arrived and registered.”
Shokumbi said the train had just started to move when the explosion occurred. “I just hope no one has lost their life.
“I feel sorry for a lot of people. There was kids falling on the floor. It was crazy. It’s the time kids all go to school.
“People started running from the back end of the train. I was about two or three carriages away. There was a lot of people running out.”
He urged Londoners to “remain calm and vigilant”.
Since March 2017 at least three attacks blamed on an Islamist motivation have claimed lives in Britain, with officials saying that a further six plots have been thwarted. One attack in June was blamed on an extreme right wing motivation.
On Thursday, reacting to news of a 68% increase in terrorism related arrests, the senior national coordinator for counter terrorism policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said:“There is no doubt that since March and following the attacks in London and Manchester we have seen a shift-change in momentum. But while the terrorist threat has increased in recent months, so has our activity; reflected by this significant increase in arrests.
“We’re taking every possible opportunity to disrupt terrorist activity – be it making arrests for terrorism offences, intervening where there are signs of radicalisation, or working with communities to prevent terrorists operating in their area.
“Police, together with the security services are determined to make the UK as hostile an environment for terrorists as possible.”
Police say there have been a total of 19 foiled plots since June 2013.
Buses that had their journeys abruptly terminated this morning are parked, empty, on the side of the road, beyond the security tapes.
Flats and homes in a large area beyond the tube station are being evacuated.