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Watch: Huge bangs as idiots let off two boxes of fireworks in middle of Derby street

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A scary video shows the moment two boxes of fireworks were let off in the middle of a residential Derby street. The whole street was disturbed when it happened at around 8.30pm on Thursday night (September 15).

The incident in Stockbrook Road is one of a series of reports of fireworks being let off at unsociable hours around Derby over the past six months. Online commenters from Darley Abbey, Normanton and Mickleover have all said they’ve been affected – although police say this was an isolated incident.

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, told Derbyshire Live she felt “bloody angry” about what happened.

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She said: “I suffer from migraines and I need it to be quiet. That night was ridiculous. They let off two boxes. They started the initial ones and then as I looked I saw them running out to put another box down and light them as well.

“It must’ve been a good £100 worth of fireworks they let off. Where are they getting the money from? I can’t even afford to pay my bills, let alone let off fireworks.

“This is the first time I’ve seen direct, subversive action on this street, but for the past six months there have been problems pretty much happening every weekend. Sometimes every night. It usually tends to happen at the end of the week, from Thursday onwards. But about two weeks ago we had them every night from the Wednesday to the Sunday.”

Reports of fireworks being let off as late as midnight or 1am have been reported online by residents in a small circumference of the city centre for around half a year. It’s against the law to set off fireworks any later than 11pm, except for on Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

Along with other local residents, many of whom have pets, the woman we spoke to is calling for a ban on the general sale of fireworks.

She said: “There has to be something done legislation-wise. Local councils are going to have to be the ones that take the brunt initially. They have to sit up and take notice that this is becoming a real problem and should make the conscious decision to ban fireworks unless people apply for a permit for a special occasion.”

She reckons the incident last night was targeted, rather than just children messing about.

“That was carefully planned. Not just an ad-hoc thing. I know when kids do it because often it’ll be during the daytime and it’ll just be three or four. This was two whole boxes. They wanted to cause unrest.”

Councillor Jangir Khan for Normanton said the ongoing problems were a “nuisance”.

He said: “We’re closely and continuously monitoring it and trying to see who’s doing it. It’s very difficult to see who is responsible. Certain things are not allowed and sometimes people don’t realise they’re disturbing other people’s peace.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire police said: “We are aware of the incident in Stockbrook Street and this has been allocated to an officer who will be making further enquiries. This is not understood to be connected to any other similar reports across Derby.”

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