Apparently, this place was undergoing renovation. A gas leak is suspected, and it is fortunate that it happened at around 5:30 pm local time.

Passers-by had a lucky escape when a former nightclub by the River Tyne exploded leaving a heap of rubble across the busy street.

Bizz Bar, once a popular South Shields nightspot, collapsed with a ‘massive bang’ this evening, sending a cloud of smoke into the air.

A 20ft section of the two-storey building’s frontage and roof tumbled into the road, leaving onlookers reeling in shock.

I realize that it’s a bit gawkerish of me to post this, but the photographs are remarkable. Go give them a look.