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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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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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