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Display fireworks stolen in warehouse raid

Fireworks worth more than a thousand pounds have been stolen from a warehouse in Rye. Many of the items taken are described as high category displays, which are designed to be used by professional operators. Sussex Police are warning people that the powerful fireworks could pose a danger if used in back gardens.

Fireworks stolen Credit: Press Association

We are investigating the burglary, but our main concern is that these explosives may fall into the hands of people who do not know how to use them or appreciate just how dangerous they might be. The fireworks, imported from China, are packaged in plastic bags that are in turn boxed in cardboard cartons sealed with packing tape. The majority of the items are display 'cakes', but there are also mines and candles and any attempt to light them or to throw them into a fire could be extremely dangerous. They are designed to be used on an organised display field with significant safety distances and if used in a domestic setting, such as a back garden, would be very hazardous.

– PC Paul Eastes, Sussex Police
Warning after fireworks stolen Credit: Press Association

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Fire crews warn of firework dangers

Hampshire Fire and Rescue have issued some pictures of a fire they attended last night. They want to warn people of the dangers of storing and using fireworks indoors.

Fireworks thrown at horse rider

Police at Lyndhurst are appealing for information after a pedestrian and a horse and rider had live fireworks thrown at them from people in a car.

It happened on Wednesday in Winsor Road.

The car is believed to be dark blue, possibly an old model BMW estate car, and the same car is believed to have been sighted near Tatchbury Mount Hospital and in Tatchbury Lane and Loperwood about the same time.

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Bonfires across the Meridian region

Stratfield Brake Recreation Ground - Kidlington

Time: Gates open at 6.00pm

Cost: Adults £5. Children £4.

The Plough - Upper Wolvercote, Oxfordshire

Time: 6.00pm

Cost: Free

Fringford Green - Fringford, Oxfordshire

Time: 5.30pm

Cost: Donations

St Michael's School - Oxford

Time: Gates open at 5.30pm

Cost: Adults £2.50. Children £1.50. Family £7.

County Cricket Ground - Hove

Time: 6.00pm

Cost: £5 - £10

If we've missed any events, then let us know by emailing meridiantonight@itv.com.

Find a bonfire near you this evening

Here's a list of bonfire events taking place across the Meridian region tonight:

Redbridge Community School - Southampton

Time: 7.30pm. Gates open at 6.00pm

Cost: Adults £3. Children £2.

Details here

Lewes War Memorial - Lewes

Time: 5.00pm - 1.00am

Details here

Thomas A Becket Middle School - Worthing

Time: 7.00pm. Gates open at 6.00pm

Cost: Individual ticket £3. Family ticket £10. £4 each on the gate. Under 5s free.

Stockheath Common - Havant

Time: Funfair from 4.00pm fireworks from 7.45pm

Cost: Free

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