Road hit by fault in cable.
BANGS could be heard when an underground cable fault caused the pavement to lift in a Northumberland town.
At shortly before 10am yesterday, members of the public reported hearing "popping noises" and smoke under a street in Bellingham.
It happened on the B6320 between the Greenhaugh turn-off junction and the Kielder turn-off junction.
Northumberland Fire and Rescue and Northern Powergrid were called to the scene but no fire was found.
Instead, firefighters assisted by using a thermal imaging camera to help identify the fault, a spokesperson for the brigade said.
No electricity supplies were turned off as members of Northern Powergrid remained at the scene to investigate the fault.
The road was closed for a short time but has now reopened.