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Malfunction At Strathclyde Fireworks Display


Spectators at Saturday’s bonfire night festivities in Strathclyde Park had to rush for cover when fireworks shot into the crowd.

North Lanarkshire Council is now awaiting an explanation from its firework contractor about what went wrong.

A malfunction during the spectacular finale of the event caused rockets to travel horizontally from the platform in the middle of Strathclyde Park instead of harmlessly into the sky.

Thankfully, it is understood no one was injured in the incident.

One witness said: “There was a serious malfunction where the fireworks exploded on the platform. The explosion was huge and rather than firing up into the air the fireworks travelled at 90 degrees and shot into the crowd. The fireworks ended quickly after this and well ahead of the scheduled finish.”

@PerpetualCoding tweeted the council: “Strathclyde Park display was dangerous. Huge fireworks going off at ground level. Misfires and strays. Won’t be taking my kids back.”

Strangely there was no mention of the incident from @nlccountryparks. They tweeted, "Tonight's fireworks display at Strathclyde Country Park was spectacular. We hope you all had a great night."

The incident has been uploaded to the ‘thomas sorbie go wandering in hills’ YouTube channel and can be seen from after the 16.30 minutes mark. We take you straight to the moment of  what could have been a disastrous event, we've also included other angles of the moment captured by other mobile phone users who recorded the incident.

Ken Forbes, head of Environmental Assets, said: “There was a minor issue towards the finale of the firework display at Strathclyde Park. No one was injured. We are awaiting a detailed report from our firework contractor.”