Stevenage woman left with ‘huge mark’ by fallen firework

Claire Moon was struck by a firework whilst watching a firework display in Stevenage

Claire Moon was struck by a firework whilst watching a firework display in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A woman has claimed a falling firework has caused a “huge mark” on her forehead.

Claire Moon, of Burymead in Stevenage, was at the town’s Fairlands Valley Park fireworks display on Tuesday when what she believes was a falling firework hit her on the head.

She said: “It left a huge mark and there was so much blood gushing out of it. My family and I were stood right next to the children’s play area and I dread to think what could have happened if it had hit a child. Whoever is responsible for this was extremely careless.”

A spokesman for Stevenage Borough Council, which organises the annual display, said: “We have not received any formal or informal reports of a woman being hit by a firework at last night’s fireworks display at Fairlands Valley Park. St John’s Ambulance has notified us of two incidents that they dealt with last night, one involving a man having to be treated for a cut on his head from firework debris.

“We do not believe that this firework was one from our display. Our team go to great lengths to ensure the safety of the crowd is paramount when planning our display and it’s our understanding that the firework in question was brought in by a member of the public and let off in the crowd.

“In all of our publicity about the fireworks display, we ask visitors not to bring their own fireworks and sparklers.”

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