Gas explosion in Nottinghamshire 21 May 2013 UK Report by Primedia Broadcasting published on 2013-05-21T06:55:18Z Authorities have described a gas explosion in Nottinghamshire, which killed two people, as a ‘distressing tragedy’. The incident, which happened just before 5.15pm yesterday, injured four others who were to be taken to Queen’s Medical Centre. More than 100 people were ordered to leave their homes for their own safety following the explosion, with many being transferred to nearby Grove Leisure Centre. Britain's first official astronaut has spoken of his delight at being selected for a lengthy mission aboard the International Space Station. Major Tim Peake, a former army helicopter pilot, will blast off on a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in November 2015. For the next two and a half years, Peake, 41, will train as a flight engineer for the six-month mission during which he will carry out scientific experiments and be eligible for spacewalks. Chelsea Flower Show is celebrating its centenary year - and has even lifted its ban on gnomes to mark the occasion, with a host of stars invited to decorate the ornaments. Celebrities flocked to the world's most famous flower show for a sneak preview ahead of the Queen's official visit.