A double decker bus exploded in the heart of London on Sunday – but it was all for a film, Press Association reports. Many Londoners were left confused after seeing the bus go up in flames as it drove along Lambeth Bridge in central London. A spokesman for the Port of London Authority confirmed it was a stunt for a movie and that the bridge had been closed off.
But the scene took some by surprise. Author Sophie Kinsella tweeted: “Hey film types, next time you blow up a bus on Lambeth Bridge maybe tell us first so children in park aren’t freaked?”
The Conservative MP for Mid Worcestershire, Nigel Huddleston, posted a video of the explosion on Twitter with the message: “Anyone worried about the exploding bus on Lambeth Bridge just now? It was just for a movie.”
The controlled explosion was shot for a scene in new action film The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. In a notice warning residents about it, producers described the film as a gritty action thriller. It is directed by Martin Campbell, who was behind James Bond films Casino Royale and GoldenEye.
The notice, posted on Twitter, stated: “The explosion is controlled and operated by our special effects team. Every precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of the people in the area.”