Emmerdale's upcoming disaster scene was temporarily "shut down" after firefighters feared filming for the out-of-control explosions could put cast in danger.

Natalie J. Robb

Natalie J. Robb

The show's producer Iain MacLeod recently teased that the next few weeks on the soap will leave fans' hearts racing as they're setting things up for a big action plot, which will take place this month, that will follow on from last year's multi-car pile up.

But it looks like the crew had a little trouble shooting the scenes as the Yorkshire Fire Service reportedly demanded they stop filming because they felt the special effects were getting "out of control" and were too "dangerous" to continue with.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "They have to have fire fighters on set for health and safety. The firemen shut down filming for hours because there was a few out of control explosions on set which were too close for comfort.

"There was a constant battle between the soap's special FX team and the firemen and everything that could have, went wrong. The team were furious as it will cost them a lot of money. But the firefighters had no choice but to shut it down."

The scenes will reportedly follow on from last night's (04.10.17) episode in which Moira Barton (Natalie J. Robb) was left trapped in a burning barn after she was attacked by Emma (Gillian Kearney) when she confessed to killing her husband James Barton (Bill Ward) by interfering with his life support in hospital last year.

Moira fought against the killer but soon realised she was losing so screamed at Emma - who is a nurse - to tell her that she was pregnant and the baby was coming.

She said: "We've got to get out of here. I think I'm having a baby."

A spokesperson for the soap said: "'Emmerdale' and ITV take the health and safety of our cast, crew and production team incredibly seriously.

"When working alongside outside suppliers, special effects or stunt teams if there is ever any doubt about the safety of a sequence, we will always take measures to make sure everything is safe before continuing. Safety always comes first."

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