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Councillor speaks after firework accident involving children

Neighbours of a ten year old boy from Nelson who was injured in a firework accident say he's undergone surgery this afternoon.

The boy was playing with friends on this patch of wasteland at the bottom of Albert Street in the town when it's believed a firework exploded in his face.

He was taken to Alderhey Hospital in Liverpool by air ambulance for treatment.

Three others who were also hurt in the blast are said to be recovering at home. Councillor Wayne Blackburn from Pendle Borough Council spoke to Matt O'Donoghue:

Shocking video of damage illegal firework damage

A video highlighting the dangers of playing with fireworks has been released by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service as they go on sale ahead of Bonfire Night.

Part of the annual Treacle campaign - which is launched this week - it shows the devastating effects an illegal firework can have when it explodes in a child’s hand.

It comes a year after an onion bomb detonated in the face of a 10-year-old boy in Salford leaving him with serious burns and facial injuries.

The service is also launching a amnesty today and will dispose of fireworks in a safe way.