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Fireworks exploding in sky during Stafford factory fire

This photo of fireworks exploding above the scene of a blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford was sent in by ITV Central viewer Jack Hope.

An explosion was heard shortly after 5.15pm on Tilcon Avenue. It's believed SP Fireworks is on fire, and more than 30 firefighters are trying to bring the flames under control.

Nearby homes and businesses are being evacuated by the police.

Fireworks shop and factory on fire in Stafford

SP Fireworks website - the firm is based on Tilcon Avenue in Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

The fire involving more than 30 firefighters at a fireworks factory and shop in Stafford is believed to be at SP Fireworks on Tilcon Avenue.

The company's website says it imports and supplies bespoke products to Wholesale, Retail, General Public and Display Companies.

So far West Midlands Ambulance says there are two casualties. There were reports of an explosion shortly after 5:15pm this evening.

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Evacuation underway due to fireworks factory blaze

Homes and businesses are being evacuated in the area around a major blaze at a fireworks factory in Stafford this evening.

The fireworks factory fire in Stafford Credit: Hannah Looker

Road closures are in place and people have been urged to avoid the area around Tilcon Avenue, after the fire broke out at around 5.15pm.

A cordon has been put in place around the unit, and people living nearby have been urged to keep their doors and windows closed due to thick plumes of black smoke coming from the site.

The blaze can be seen from some distance away Credit: Brian Little

Reports of explosion at Stafford fireworks factory fire

Fireworks factory on fire in Stafford Credit: ITV News Central

There are reports people heard a loud explosion before a large fire broke out at a firework factory in Stafford this evening.

Around 25 firefighters are tackling the flames on an industrial estate on Tilcon Avenue in the Weeping Cross area of the town.

West Midlands Ambulance service has confirmed two people have been injured.

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Farm and livestock buildings go up in flames

Residents and businesses are being warned to keep their doors and windows closed after a fire broke out at a farm in north Herefordshire.

The blaze has engulfed several buildings at Manor Farm, near Orleton, including those housing baled straw and hay, farm machinery and livestock.

All livestock has been moved to safety.

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