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Teenagers throw fireworks near two-year-old boy

A firework across the road it landed a metre away from Eric’s feet before exploding next to him. Photo: MEN Syndication

A mum says she was left in ‘hysterics’ when a firework hurled by teenagers exploded next to her two year-old son.

Leanne Hughes says her son Eric, who suffered an injury to his finger, only narrowly avoided serious injury during the dramatic incident in Greater Manchester.

The 28-year-old mum was waiting at a bus stop on Edge Lane in Droylsden with the toddler and her six-month-old daughter Lily when they spotted a group of 10 youths at the tram stop opposite.

Eric's mum says he narrowly avoided being hurt Credit: MEN Syndication

Leanne said she put the kids behind a glass shelter as the group was letting off fireworks and rockets.

But when one boy hurled a firework across the road it landed a metre away from Eric’s feet before exploding next to him.

Leanne then saw the group of teenagers quickly board a tram as another ran off away from the scene.

“When we got to the bus stop I saw some kids messing around with fireworks firing them at each other. I had an inkling that they were going to come over “Some of kids came around the corner and started shouting across to them and all of a sudden one let off a rocket and it came flying over towards us. “It found its way next to my son. He didn’t know what it was but I was so shaken up. “It screeched over like a rocket and then there was a bang right next to us. “I grabbed Eric in hysterics and started shouting at the kids at the tram stop. They all got on a tram.”

– Leanne Hughes

Leanne, from Heywood, said she was totally shocked by the behaviour of the children and reported the incident to police.She said: “Eric is fine but he’s got a mark on his finger, like a little burn.

“It could have exploded and really hurt my little boy. “They were trying to target someone else. We were standing behind the glass hoping to avoid anything.

When the police arrived they said things like this had been happening for some time around Droylsden. Something needs to be done.

“It was a group of about 10 kids in their late teens, mainly boys.” Greater Manchester Police said police are investigating the incident, which happened at around 5.30pm on Sunday afternoon (October 2).