Smoke without fire in Ilford town centre as pawnbrokers alarm system creates scare

There was smoke without fire in Ilford town centre this morning after a high-tech burglar alarm pumped fog into the street.

Witnesses reported a fire after seeing the smoke pour out of H&T Pawnbrokers, in High Road, but there was no cause for concern.

A member of staff had accidentally set off a burglar alarm shortly after 9am.

The “fog bandit” system activates when an intruder is detected to create a thick, dense smoke that aims to stop potential burglars finding what they are attempting to steal.

A H&T employee, who did not want to be named, said the alarm has been switched off.

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She added: “It happens to the best of us, we’ve all set off an alarm by accident.”

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