Monday 19 February 2018

Two killed by fireworks at luxury wedding

Fireworks in night sky (Stock photo)
Fireworks in night sky (Stock photo)

Eoghan McNeill

A man and woman were killed at a wedding in a luxury house in the UK after dozens of fireworks exploded.

The victims – thought to be technicians – were preparing a display when the shed storing the fireworks caught fire following an explosion on Saturday.

At 3.15pm, several loud bangs were heard and fireworks shot into the sky for twenty minutes while the fire spread to a second building on the property and nearby car, The Times reported.

“It was very frightening. It was an enormous explosion which I had not heard anything like since the blitz in Manchester,” Enid Battersby, who lives near the scene, told the newspaper.

Four fire engines were called to tackle the fire and a neighbouring adventure centre was evacuated.

“We heard this almighty explosion and the best way to describe that would be a series of earth-shaking cannons going off," Anthony Middleton told ITV News.

“We then looked up and saw these exhibition-style fireworks illuminating the sky, which was unusual given that it was a lovely day.

“We then saw thick, grey smoke bellowing from behind the trees and that’s when we knew something was going badly wrong,” he added.

The police and fire service are investigating the incident, and it is thought the victims of the fire may not be formally identified for a number of days such were the severity of their burns.

The tragedy occurred at the wedding of John Simpson and Nicole Rothwell, attended by 70 people. The couple called off a larger evening gathering after the deaths.

No guests or other workers were harmed.

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