LONDON - British police said on Friday they were investigating reports of a "loud bang" outside a mosque in a town in central England which a local politician said was a "suspected bomb blast".
West Midlands police said they were alerted to the reports of the bang in Tipton near Birmingham shortly after 1 p.m. No injuries were reported and it was not clear if there had been an explosion, a spokesman said.
"A cordon has been set up and the immediate area is being evacuated as a precautionary measure while police investigate what caused it," police said in a statement.
"Some residents have reported finding debris in the area and finding nails. This is being investigated by forensic officers at the scene."