Coronation Street‘s executive producer Phil Collinson has hinted that he may well exit the show with a bang – by blowing up the Rovers Return in a dramatic storyline.

According to the Mirror Collinson – who has already said he planned to quit the show “by the middle of next year” – but there is now speculation he could go earlier, amid rumours he is considering a plot which involves an explosion at the iconic pub.

And the paper reports that the plans have left cast members concerned that some of their number may be killed off if the storyline goes ahead.

“Blowing up the Rovers would be the most dramatic thing to happen on the street,” a source said. “Phil thinks millions of extra viewers would tune in.

“But it means everyone on the show is looking over their shoulder wondering if they’ll be inside when the pub goes up in smoke.”

If the plot goes ahead it won’t be the first dramatic plot that Collinson has presided over since he joined the soap in 2009.

He was also behind John Snape’s killing spree and Frank Foster’s controversial rape of Carla Connor, which he was later acquitted of in court before being murdered.

And Collinson masterminded the dramatic tram crash which marked the show’s 50th anniversary in late 2010.