Saturday 22 September 2018

14 injured after fireworks 'malfunction' and shoot into crowd attending display at hotel

Fireworks in night sky (Stock photo)
Fireworks in night sky (Stock photo)
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Hotel bosses have apologised after rogue fireworks shot into crowds during a free display at their grounds.

The Antrobus Hotel in Amesbury, Wiltshire, was hosting a fireworks night for guests on Saturday when some of the explosives projected beyond the safety cordon and launched into the crowd.

An ambulance spokesman said 14 people were treated although none were seriously injured.

A hotel spokesman said: "A single display box, containing multiple fireworks, malfunctioned at (Saturday's) display.

"Regrettably, despite the safety cordon exceeding the manufacturer's guidelines, some projectiles ejected towards the crowd line.

"The display was immediately ended and emergency services called. It is now apparent that thankfully no serious injuries occurred, with all injured treated at the scene.

"The hotel's team put on (Saturday's) free event as a community event and worked diligently with the suppliers to ensure that (the) event was safe and exceeded requirements in respect of safety and distance.

"We are mortified about what has occurred and would like to apologise to all those affected, please rest assured that a full investigation will take place."

Earlier, a post on the venue's Facebook page said the hotel wanted to "apologise profusely for this very regrettable situation".

The venue remained closed for the rest of Saturday, but reopened on Sunday.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We attended and treated 14 people, none of whom had serious injuries and none of whom needed to be taken to hospital."

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