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Council statement after firework shoots into crowd

The leader of Sandwell Council has released a statement after a man had to be taken to hospital when a firework went into the crowd at a display in Wednesbury.

He suffered an "ear injury" and two others were treated by paramedics at Brunswick park.

This is the first incident of its kind we have had in many years of putting on community fireworks displays. Our thoughts are with the people injured and their families. We will be conducting a thorough investigation into what happened.”

– The Leader of Sandwell Council, Councillor Darren Cooper

Man suffers 'ear injury' after firework goes into crowd

A man has been taken to hospital with an "ear injury" and two others have been injured after a firework went into the crowd at a display in Brunswick Park in Wednesbury.

On arrival, crews treated a 23-year-old man for an ear injury after a firework went into the crowd. He was then taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for precautionary checks and his condition is not thought to be serious.

Two further patients, a seven-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man, were treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor leg injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

In total, nine patients required treatment throughout the course of the event, but only three were as a result of the firework going into the crowd.

The remaining six patients were all treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor injuries sustained through slips and trips.

– West Midlands Ambulance spokesperson


Four people injured after firework goes into crowd

Firework safety: Top tips

Fireworks will mark the start of 2013 across the Midlands Credit: PA

If you're using fireworks or attending a fireworks display this New Year's Eve, here's a few tips to keeping safe:

Never allow young children to play or ignite fireworks.

Avoid buying fireworks packaged in brown paper.

Always have an adult supervising firework activities.

Never place your body directly over fireworks.

Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that haven't fully ignited.

Never throw fireworks.

Douse used fireworks with plenty of water to prevent a trash fire.

Fireworks on sale Credit: PA
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