London's Science Museum was forced to evacuate hundreds of tourists this morning over a possible fire.
The London Fire Brigade was called to the scene at around 11:20am, after a fire alarm went off. Three fire crews were sent to the popular South Kensington premises to investigate.
We have evacuated the Museum as a precaution and will have an update to share soon.— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) February 10, 2016
We're attending a fire alarm sounding at the Science Museum. Crews investigating but no signs of fire at this stage pic.twitter.com/Fd9z7rqmhb— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) February 10, 2016
Museum-goers complained of being evacuated without any explanation as to what the problem was. Tourists, school-children and science fans poured out onto the streets and had not been allowed back in an hour later.
Just been evacuated from the @sciencemuseum. No information given on why.— David Jones (@schnuckster) February 10, 2016
Fire brigade aren't exactly busting their balls to get to the @sciencemuseum. No timeframe on going back in.— David Jones (@schnuckster) February 10, 2016
Still waiting for @sciencemuseum to get all clear. We'd nearly finished Cosmonauts so we just want to get in, finish it off and get warm.— David Jones (@schnuckster) February 10, 2016
Reception playing games while they wait to continue their investigative day at Science Museum. Safe, happy & hungry! pic.twitter.com/BC2osL2dUX— Immanuel & St Andrew (@immanuelprimary) February 10, 2016
Just been evacuated from the Science Museum! Very odd! pic.twitter.com/nViumnqmts— Serena 🌱 (@EdwinsSerena) February 10, 2016
However, the alert was thought to be a false alarm and the museum, which is currently running a Cosmonauts exhibition, was preparing to allow visitors back in.
Thanks for your patience. We've been given the all clear by the fire brigade and will be re-opening shortly.— Science Museum (@sciencemuseum) February 10, 2016