Home-made fireworks raise alarm in Northampton
Northampton police are on the hunt for someone they believe set off home-made fireworks in the town centre on Saturday morning, alarming residents who believed someone was firing a gun.
Officer-in-charge Sergeant Matt Donkin said the loud bangs – heard twice at 1.20am and 2.20am – woke him up, shortly before he started receiving calls from people about “explosions” and “gunshots”.
Police reviewed CCTV footage and determined the noise appeared to come from home-made fireworks, from a late night function held on Hampton Road, close to a chemical supplier.
“It was highly dangerous,” Sgt Donkin said.
“It was very close to Woodcock Rural Supplies, which was engulfed and burned down some years ago.
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“It was catastrophic for the town.
“They have only just started rebuilding and are in the process of clearing land and putting up a shed.
“They store highly flammable chemicals so this was extremely irresponsible.”
Sgt Donkin said if the offender was caught, they faced hefty penalties, including up to 14 years imprisonment, for possessing and making explosives.
Authorities urge anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.
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