- Six people were injured including children but the display resumed afterwards
This is the horrific moment children were injured after a stray firework exploded in a crowd following a malfunction at a bonfire night.
Attendees of the ‘Staffordshire Fireworks Extravaganza’ were left screaming in terror after the incident yesterday evening.
Around 3,000 people were estimated to have witnessed the explosions at the Stone SP Cricket Club and the terrifying incident was captured on video – in which screams of panic are heard by the crowd.
The incident reportedly saw at least six people injured, including several children.
An injured person on a stretcher after the firework display at the Stone SP Cricket Club
After a brief pause to make an announcement requesting first aid, half the crowd walked out, with many of them in shock that the fireworks then resumed.
One onlooker said: ‘I saw something hit the floor and had this instinctive feeling something wasn’t going to go right.
‘All you could hear was screaming after that.
‘After it happened, everything froze. We didn’t know what was going on.
‘Half the crowd left. But then the fireworks started going off again!
‘We thought ‘how can they continue with the display after what happened’ and we took the kids and left.’
Other visitors also took to social media to express their horror at the events.
One woman said: ‘My son took some of a rogue firework to the chin. He’s five.
Children as young as five were among the injured following the malfunction at the fireworks display
‘He was terrified. Such a shame. Can’t fault the first aiders. I can’t believe they carried on either.’
Another said: ‘It was horrible, we left straight after that happened.’
While another said: ‘We left after a stray firework flew past my son and nephew’s face we grabbed them and left.’
Both Stone Swynnerton Park Cricket Club and firework managers Monumental Fireworks refused to comment when approached today.
The ambulance service has been contacted for comment.
Staffordshire Police confirmed they didn’t attend the incident.