Horrified residents in London called police when explosions seemed to hit the giant Battersea Power Station on the edge of the Thames, probably fearing a terrorist attack. But it turned out that a scene from the new Batman movie was being filmed. Most, if not all, of the Batman movies were filmed in Britain.

Horrified residents phone police as Batman crew create 200 ft flames at London landmark

12th October 2007
Daily Mail

The giant Battersea Power Station, now defunct, on the banks of the Thames in London, is one of the city's best-loved landmarks

Alarmed residents rang police last night after seeing 200ft flames shoot from Battersea Power Station during filming for the new Batman movie.

Crew members for Batman: The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, were shooting some explosive scenes at the now defunct power station in central London.

Ker-pow! Fire appears to engulf Battersea Power Station during the new Batman film shoot

But as they carried out the controlled explosions, flames shot high up into the air, terrifying local residents.

The incident follows the death of the film's special effects expert, New Zealander Conway Wickliffe, 41, last month when a car stunt rehearsal went wrong in Surrey.

His four-wheel drive vehicle crashed into a tree while following a stunt car - believed to be the Batmobile - at the special effects facility near Chertsey.

Batman: The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan and also starring Sir Michael Caine and Heath Ledger, is due for release in Britain next year.

Holy Toledo! Local residents rang 999 as flames shot 200 ft in the air