Fireworks exploded after 200 evacuated over 'bomb scare'

Homemade fireworks have been revealed as the cause of a bomb scare which forced a mass evacuation of homes and led to seven controlled explosions by bomb disposal teams.

Up to 200 people were forced to leave their houses in Derbyshire after police said they found a potentially volatile substance in a flat. A 55-year-old man was arrested.

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Evacuated residents allowed to return home

People evacuated after suspected explosives were found at a flat in Derbyshire have started to return home.

A 100-metre cordon was put in place around the flat in Belvoir Crescent, Newhall, after neighbours reported homemade fireworks were being produced.

Supt Paul Callum said everybody who had been evacuated, aside from the three immediate neighbours, was now able to go home.

We are content that there is no longer any potential danger to residents in the area.

I would like to thank local residents for their patience and co-operation.

Their safety was paramount, which is why we asked them to leave their homes last night.

– Supt Paul Callum, Derbyshire Police

A series of controlled explosions was carried out on material found in the flat.

A 55-year-old man was arrested yesterday and is still in police custody.

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Homemade fireworks sparked Newhall bomb scare

Homemade fireworks were behind a bomb scare which closed down a Derbyshire street and forced 200 people to evacuate their homes, it has emerged.

A highly dangerous substance was found in a flat in Newhall by officers responding to calls from neighbours.

Seven controlled explosions were carried out by bomb disposal teams - one of which was performed a mile away from the scene for safety reasons.

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Seven controlled explosions after dangerous substance found

Bomb disposal experts have carried out seven controlled explosions at a Derbyshire home where a highly dangerous substance was found, ITV News Central can reveal.

Police say the substance they have been dealing with is so volatile that at least one of the explosions was carried out a mile away from the scene.

Bomb disposal experts have carried out seven controlled explosions in Newhall Credit: ITV News Central

Officers were even concerned about transporting the material by road, and considered evacuating homes along the entire route it was being taken.

The army bomb disposal team are now back at the scene ensuring all traces of the substance have been removed.

Controlled explosions carried out at Newhall flat

A number of controlled explosions have been carried out at a flat in Newhall near Derbyshire where "potentially volatile" substances were found, police said.

A 55-year-old man remains in custody and up to 200 people have been evacuated since the discovery yesterday.

Homes within 100 yards of Belvoir Crescent were evacuated and police said they were working with the county council, police and voluntary groups to house the displaced residents.

Superintendent Paul Callum, who is in charge of the incident, said: "The safety of the public is paramount in these situations.

"We apologise for any inconvenience to the evacuees. We will let them return to their homes as soon as we can be sure the area is safe."

Residents 'will not be returning to homes tonight'

Residents in Newhall, who were evacuated after a "potentially volatile substance" was found, have been told they will not be returning to their homes tonight.

Police and fire crews continue to work at the scene. Credit: Rich Davis

Up to 200 people were asked to leave their homes at around 9.30pm after police discovered the substance at a flat and arrested a 55-year-old man.

Rich Davis told ITV News that his grandparents had been forced to stay with friends as police and fire crews continue work at the scene.

A school has been opened to provide shelter to those who need it, Mr Davis added.

Evacuation 'purely a precaution' after substance find

Police said an evacuation of a residential area in Derbyshire is "purely a precaution" after a potentially volatile substance was found in a flat.

A 55-year-old man has been arrested.

Superintendent Paul Markham, who is in charge of the operation, said:

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this matter and we are hoping that people will not be inconvenienced for too long.

The evacuation is purely a precaution to ensure everybody's safety and residents will be allowed back home as soon as possible.

– Superintendent Paul Markham

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Possible 'volatile substance' forces 200 from homes

Up to 200 people have been evacuated from their homes in Derbyshire after a "potentially volatile substance" was found in a flat, police said.

Residents living with 100 metres of the property in Newhall were asked to leave after the substance was discovered this afternoon, the Derbyshire Constabulary said in a statement.

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