What was loud bang at Murrayfield Stadium?

"Explosion" heard at Murrayfield. Picture; Toby Williams
"Explosion" heard at Murrayfield. Picture; Toby Williams
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A reported “explosion” inside Murrayfield Stadium yesterday was part of security exercise, rugby bosses have confirmed.

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Residents living near the venue heard what they described as a “big boom” from inside and reported smoke overhead.

But the home of Scottish Rugby later confirmed that the blast was nothing to worry about and was part of a “security resilience test”.

The venue must take part in annual safety and security briefings to earn necessary safety certifications.

However, the Evening News understands that this is the first time a controlled explosion has been carried out inside the stadium.

Members of the emergency services including police and the fire service were all at the event.

A spokesman for the venue said: “This was part of a pre-planned safety exercise.

“We went through a number of different scenarios and this [loud bang] was a demonstration.

“Emergency services were informed in advance to test a multi-agency response to different [security and safety] scenarios as a test our resilience.”