Call to limit fireworks after boy dies in bonfire war zone

Bonfire Night Chaos - Edinburgh

Burning debris in Edinburgh after youths ran through the streets and set off firecrackers (Image: PA Wire)

A boy has died in fighting between police and teenagers as cities across Britain became a bonfire night ‘war zone’.

The 17-year-old fell through a greenhouse while fleeing police who were pursuing up to 80 youths who were firing rockets in Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Masked Jobs attacked pedestrians and motorists in Sheffield, where a car was set alight, while police officers in riot gear used their shields to repel a fireworks blaze in Leeds.

In Greater Manchester, a firefighter was attacked with a rocket while trying to put out a fire in Eccles.

Merseyside Police arrested eight people after firecrackers were fired at cars and roads were blocked in Toxteth.

Also, a flaming barricade blocked a street in Edinburgh, where a gang of motorcycles sped through the streets and set off fireworks.

In Halifax, residents have called for an end to the widespread sale of fireworks. John McQueenie said: “They must be banned for public use, licensed events only. Very sad news.’

A car has burst into flames allegedly caused by firecrackers in Sheffield

A car has burst into flames allegedly caused by firecrackers in Sheffield (Image: SWNS)

Student Sally-Anne Brayshaw watched from her home in Leeds as police faced a barrage of rockets, including fireworks.

“You could see them hit some police officers, some of the firecrackers almost hit us in the face,” she said. “Luckily the window was between us, but yeah I was scared.”

A clip on social media showed cars fleeing the Darnall area of ​​Sheffield to avoid missiles when a vehicle burst into flames.

“This is a war zone family,” one person was heard saying as a firecracker hit a bus.

A local resident said: “Sooner or later it’s going to kill someone and it’s just entertainment for them.” West Yorkshire Police said an independent inquiry into Halifax’s death was ongoing.

Ch Insp. Lee Carlson of South Yorkshire Police said a small minority of people had intentions to cause trouble. He added: “You don’t seem to understand the seriousness of setting off fireworks in a public place. It is not only illegal but also very dangerous.”

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