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Firework through letterbox in Sunderland
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 25th October 2013 at 10:31

Fire and police officers are warning people of the dangers of fireworks after fire crews were called to an incident in Houghton, Sunderland at around 9pm on Tuesday 22 October. A firework had been pushed through the letterbox of a family's home. Four people were inside the house at the time and luckily managed to escape unharmed. Three appliances attended the incident, one from Rainton Bridge Community Fire Station and two from Farringdon Community Fire Station. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “Fireworks are explosive devices and as such are incredibly dangerous. They can have devastating consequences – including serious injury and death. There is no doubt that this family are very lucky as it could easily have resulted in a very different story. “It is illegal for fireworks to be set off or thrown in a public place. I cannot highlight enough the importance of safe use of fireworks, and the potential serious harm caused by their reckless use. “Bonfire night is one of the busiest times of the year for the emergency services and we would encourage everyone to attend an organised display.” Northumbria Police are carrying out an investigation into the incident. Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove said: "I would urge people not to misuse fireworks and to realise the danger of such reckless acts. "It's an offence to throw a firework in a street or any other public place and we will be taking action if any such incidents are reported to us." Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging everyone to have a safe Bonfire period this year, by attending an organised display. Details of these events can be found on our website at For more information on how to stay safe from fire, please visit or or
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