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A small earthquake has shaken Blackpool and the Fylde coast – toppling traffic lights, cracking a railway bridge and making some residents think they were being burgled as they woke in the early hours to loud noises. Several householders called police at around 3.30am to report they had felt the ground shaking. Some thought it was an April Fools' Day prank.
The British Geological Survey recorded a tremor with a magnitude of 2.2 – rated as a minor earthquake. The epicentre was located between Carelton and Poulton industrial estate. Residents reported wardrobe doors being flung open while staff at Blackpool's Bonny Street police station felt the building shake.
Officers were sent to Lytham Road in South Shore after reports that cracks had started to appear in the railway bridge. A spokesman for Blackpool police said: "We started to get calls at around 3.35am. Some may have thought it was an April fool prank, but staff here felt the building move.