A HUGE "explosion" sparked an emergency response to a busy street in Paisley last night.

It comes after 999 crews raced to Castle Street in the town at around 8.30pm on Thursday, December 28.

Following the incident, the Scottish Ambulance Service has confirmed there was "no explosion" following initial reports.

It is understood it was a false alarm raised with "good intent".

Meanwhile, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said they were alerted to reports of a fire within a private premises on the street.

Three fire vehicles along with a special resource team were sent to the area.

However, firefighters checked the building and found no fire or smoke.

It comes as thunder hit the area at around 8.30pm as well.

Nearby in Linwood, residents reported that the thunder was "loud".

One said: "I've never heard thunder so loud."

While another added: "Wasn't expecting that."

A spokesperson for the SFRS said: "We were alerted at 8.32pm on Thursday, December 28, to reports of a fire within a private premises at Castle Street, Paisley.

"Operations control mobilised three fire appliances and special resources to the scene.

"Firefighters checked the building and established no sign of fire or smoke.

"Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe."