Moment model aircraft fireworks display sparks huge grass fire on Isle of Sheppey

WATCH: The dramatic fireworks display which eyewitnesses say sparked the grass fire. Credit: Chase Silverstein.

An investigation is underway after a large grass fire believed to have been started by sparks from a fireworks display.

The fire broke out during the finale of a model aircraft exhibition on the Isle of Sheppey, during which fireworks were dramatically fired from the tail section of planes.

Video of the incident appears to show flames coming from long dry grass on Saturday night (16 July), directly under the paths of the model aircraft.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service has now confirmed the blaze was started accidentally, due to fireworks. They said five fire engines, a fogging unit and an all-terrain vehicle were deployed.

An area of 1.5 hectares was affected by the blaze Credit: Chase Silverstein

An area of 1.5 hectares was affected. Crews remained at the scene on Sunday (17 July) to prevent flare-ups.

A spokesman said: "As work continues, smoke is expected to increase in the area, therefore the earlier advice for nearby residents to close windows and doors remains in place.

"Please share this information with loved ones and neighbours in the affected area, who may not have access to social media."

The fire took hold quickly on the tinder-dry grass Credit: Chase Silverstein

The fire at Barton Point quickly took hold, whipped up by the wind. There were no reports of any injuries.

Organisers of the event thanked those who came to the event online but said Sunday's planned event had been cancelled as a precaution.

They have been contacted directly for a response.

The island is only just recovering from being without water when a main bringing supplies to Sheppey burst.