In a shocking incident on Sunday, two men sustained serious injuries to their face and hands after a firework exploded inside a moving BMW. The incident occurred on Brook Hey Drive in Kirkby, Merseyside, and was captured on camera by witnesses.
Eyewitnesses at the scene reported that all the occupants of the vehicle quickly exited but three of them got back inside, leaving one man on the road. The injured man was described as being in a critical condition, having lost part of his hand in the explosion.
Merseyside Police confirmed that the two injured men were taken to the hospital for treatment. The car, a black BMW, fled the scene before the authorities arrived. It is believed that the firework detonated accidentally.
This incident highlights the importance of handling fireworks with utmost caution. Chief Inspector Duncan Swan, commander of Merseyside Police’s Bonfire Night operation, emphasized the need for responsible and controlled handling of fireworks. He urged the public to attend organized fireworks displays, which are safer and have less risk of injury or uncontrolled fires.
Fireworks can cause serious or even fatal injuries if mishandled. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or use fireworks in public places. The authorities strongly advise against hosting private firework displays at home, as they carry a higher risk of accidents and uncontrolled fires.
It is crucial to adhere to safety guidelines and exercise caution when using fireworks. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding fireworks safety:
Q: How should fireworks be handled?
Fireworks should be handled responsibly and with caution. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer carefully and avoid any reckless behavior.
Q: Can children use fireworks?
No, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess or use fireworks in a public place.
Q: Are organized displays safer than private ones?
Yes, organized displays are generally safer as they are controlled environments and have fewer risks of accidents or uncontrolled fires.
Q: What should I do if a firework malfunctions?
If a firework malfunctions, do not try to relight it. Move away from it immediately and ensure everyone else is at a safe distance.