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Fire breaks out at Southampton firework factory

A huge blaze has broken out at a factory, setting off dozens of fireworks stored inside. Explosives lit up the sky and loud bangs were heard as the fire took hold at about 05:05 BST on Friday 13th May at Bitterne Road West, Southampton. More than 70 firefighters attended the…

The Firework Code

If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your celebrations, please follow the safety advice below. Having fireworks at home can be great fun as long as they are used safely. Figures have shown that more children than adults get hurt by fireworks. Fireworks are safe if you…

5 Fireworks facts

  The earliest documentation of fireworks dates back to 7th century China. They were invented more than 2000 years ago in China. The first recorded fireworks in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486. A rocket can reach speeds of 150mph, however the shell can reach…

Warning Over Illegal Fireworks

A warning has been issued by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service about the dangers of bangers and selling fireworks illegally. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service officers working in FIRST (Firework Incident Research Safety Team) along with police officers have seized 38 tonnes of illegal fireworks since the beginning of 2006.…

Two jailed for firefighter deaths

A father and son have been jailed for manslaughter following an explosion at a fireworks factory in which two fire-fighters lost their lives. Alpha Fireworks owner Martin Winter, 52, was jailed for seven years, and his 25-year-old son, Nathan Winter, sentenced to five years for the deaths of retained fire-fighter…

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