Shocking moment fireworks shoot into crowd at primary school display
Shocking moment fireworks explode at primary school display and shoot into crowd of terrified children and parents
- Kids and parents fled as rockets went into crowd and surrounding neighbours
Shocking footage has emerged of a school fireworks display gone awry as stray rockets fire into the crowd.
Kids and parents were forced to flee in fear as fireworks began to shoot into the crowd with reports of some also hitting the surrounding neighbours.
The display was taking place at Derwendeg Primary School in Hengoed, Caerphilly, Wales and the school has since launched an investigation.
Posting on social media, the school’s headteacher Mrs Wangiel said staff are ‘incredibly upset’, adding: ‘Our lovely school has hosted this fireworks event safely for our community for over 20 years.
Pictured, kids and parents running away after the fireworks began to land in the crowd
According to a statement by the school’s headteacher Mrs Wangiel, staff are ‘incredibly upset’
The display was taking place at Derwendeg Primary School in Hengoed, Caerphilly, Wales and the school has since launched an investigation
‘Tonight’s event was run in the same way as it always has been with the same trained fireworks handler.
‘The event is reported to the council and is fully risk assessed with many safety measures in place including police and trained first aiders on site. There will be a full investigation with the council.’
Millie Gray posted a video of the incident on social media, saying: ‘Shocking display Derwendeg Primary School. Hit me, Kaylum and Ronnie in the leg.
‘Went into few gardens, cars and hit a few people
‘All good though. Next time do it properly.’
She added to Wales Online: ‘As we were recording, the fireworks unexpectedly came towards us, Not just us but a lot of people and little kids too.
‘It was unexpected because the school display has always been good but this year didn’t go well.
The fireworks display has been taking place for 20 years and there are no reports of anything like this happening before
A woman who posted video of the incident said she was hit in the leg by a firework and others hit cars and neighbours
‘Loads of children were crying and loads of parents were worrying about their kids.
‘The fireworks were going in different directions. They were going into people’s gardens, and went into a few cars.’
The local Facebook page for Ystrad Mynach posted a statement saying: ‘Gutted to learn of the events at Derwendeg School tonight.
‘We don’t have many community events around here and Cefn Hengoed being a small village gets even less than most, overlooked on most things like this and the villagers are very aware of that.
‘The display has been organised for decades and local people treasure it, a real community and family get together. The school have issued a statement and will be looking for answers with the council.
‘You would imagine that the community’s response will largely dictate the future of the event, so it’s a case of being patient and waiting to see if people are satisfied with the response and any future action taken, or hound the school into a position where the event is cancelled forever.
Children were reportedly crying and their parents began to worry about their safety, according to witnesses
Caerphilly Council told ITV News that it was aware of the incident and that a health and safety investigation will take place
‘Shocking what happened this evening but there’s no disputing that it’s organised with the pure intentions of bringing the community together. I know that many people of the village will want that to be out there in people’s thoughts, so there it is.’
A police spokesman said: ‘Officers were in attendance at an organised fireworks display at Derwendeg Primary School in Hengoed on Monday 6 November when safety concerns were raised to us.
‘No injuries or damage were reported.’
Caerphilly Council told ITV News that it was aware of the incident and that a health and safety investigation will take place.
MailOnline contacted Derwendeg Primary School for comment.
The display comes after another fireworks display went wrong at the Stone SP Cricket Club, Staffordshire on November 3.
A five-year-old boy was among those injured when the fireworks misfired and blew up in the crowd.
There were also reports that flares flew into a baby’s pram, with the mum flinging it out with her bare hands to save her child.
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