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Homemade firework causes Sheffield flat fire

A man was taken to hospital with burns to his hands, after attempting to make his own homemade firework.

Crews from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s Central station attended the incident on Mount Street, Sheffield shortly before 8.30pm on Wednesday.

The man, who is in his 20s, had been attempting to make fireworks on the balcony of his third floor flat, before one set off and ignited curtains. The blaze spread to his living room before firefighters wearing breathing apparatus arrived to put it out using a hose reel.

Fire officers are warning residents against similar, copycat behaviour.

Station Manager Chris Mee, said: “This behaviour could easily have resulted in a far more serious incident and someone potentially losing their life. It shouldn’t need me to remind people that fireworks should only ever be bought from a reputable retailer, meet current safety standards and only ever be set off in a safe, outdoor environment.“

 

This content was last updated on February 17th, 2017