The number of exploding pavements in London is increasing putting the lives of Londoners at risk, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.

Between 2011 and 2012 the number of these incidents more than tripled in the capital, the BBC reports.

The worrying statistics show that in 2010 there were 12 of these explosions, eight in 2011 and 29 last year, while so far this year there haves been 12 already.

So far there haven’t been any deaths due to the incidents but Colin Wingate was injured badly and had to spend three months in a wheelchair.

The number of checks and inspections have increased by UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity in London. These blasts can be caused by a number of different things such as; an electrical fault, often when water has seeped into cables.

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