Warning over dangerous stolen fireworks
Published: 22 Oct 2010 10:00
Police and the fire brigade have issued an urgent warning to buyers not to be tempted by them because they should only be launched from metal cylinders with a 100m safety radius - and they only have a six second fuse.
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “These are potentially lethal and could cause serious injuries and extensive burns when used by amateurs. They burn at high temperatures and could set surrounding items on fire. They are not designed for use outside of a professional display setting.”
The exact quantity and type of the fireworks is unknown. The warehouse they were taken from is in Waterloo Road between Wokingham and Bracknell but for operational reasons, police are not giving out any more details of the incident.
PC Barry Johns, of Wokingham police station, said: “The fireworks stolen are professional fireworks, so we are very concerned about the theft from a public safety point of view. The fireworks are designed for use by trained professionals and they are used in large displays and never sold for retail.
“The nature of some of the fireworks taken, called aerial shells are that they are designed to be launched out of metal cylinders, propelling them into the air with only a six second fuse.
“They should have a safety radius of around 100 metres - so could have fairly dire consequences in an average garden.
“The public should be aware of how dangerous these could be and only buy from businesses that have a licence to sell fireworks.”
“I would urge you to please report any suspicious person or activity, or indeed any information that would assist in tracing the whereabouts of these fireworks.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Enquiry Centre on 0845 8 505 505 or the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Get more stories from our Bracknell section
10 Mar 2014 09:30
THREE young stars will take centre stage when Crowthorne Musical Players (CMP) performs this week.
9 Mar 2014 17:00
RESIDENTS and users of Swinley Forest are invited to have they say on plans for major new pipelines to meet the growing demand for water from Bracknell’s increasing population.
9 Mar 2014 09:30
A STRAY cat living off pigeons in the former 3M building for more than a year has finally been rescued.
8 Mar 2014 09:30
A PERMIT scheme for residents living near Bracknell town centre is expected to be approved by councillors.
7 Mar 2014 17:00
An elderly woman has died after a house fire in Warfield this morning.
7 Mar 2014 16:30
THREE budding entrepreneurs have launched a campaign to help kick-start their clothing company, which pledges all cash raised to charity.
7 Mar 2014 15:30
RESIDENTS in Bracknell was treated to a rare glimpse of an exotic bird.
7 Mar 2014 13:00
Bracknell and Wokingham College is inviting people to its open day to hear about courses and opportunities on offer.
7 Mar 2014 12:00
CHART-TOPPING popstars have launched a music workshop initiative in Crown Wood, aiming to brighten up how music is taught.
7 Mar 2014 09:00
UNDER-FIRE train operator First Great Western has pledged to change the way it handles compensation claims for passengers hit by delays.
6 Mar 2014 17:00
A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape.
6 Mar 2014 15:30
Firefighters used a makeshift barrier to protect an electrical substation from the 'bubbling’ torrent of water.
6 Mar 2014 14:00
POLICE have issued advice to residents after thieves pushed items through a letterbox to get inside or steal car keys.
6 Mar 2014 10:45
A BRAVE 4-year-old comes to the rescue of her sick mum; two fraudsters who conned elderly people out of thousands are jailed; a reptile rescuer taken to court criticises police; and we reveal attendance records for each Bracknell Forest councillors. For these stories and more, pick up a copy of the News, on sale now, priced 70p.
6 Mar 2014 09:00
A water main which burst in Bracknell this morning forced roads to close, flooding homes and affected the water supply
6 Mar 2014 08:00
A BRACKNELL man has been jailed following a nationwide operation against suspected drug dealers.
5 Mar 2014 15:00
Youngsters showed off their martial arts moves as they fought their way to their first belt.
4 Mar 2014 17:00
A pub has served up more than £1,000 to help fund specialist equipment for a little boy.
4 Mar 2014 14:30
A COUNCIL office has become one of the first locations to join a nationwide coffee packaging recycling scheme.
4 Mar 2014 12:30
MORE than 800 people attended a jobs fair to get careers advice and find out about vacancies.