Teenager’s suffers firework facial injuries


A teenage girl has suffered devastating injuries after being hit in the face by a firework on Bonfire Night.
The 14-year-old girl was rushed to hospital for treatment to a left eye injury following the incident in Oldham, Manchester.
Greater Manchester fire crews said it had been a night of “devastation” after other incidents which saw cars being set alight and gangs of youths throwing fireworks at firefighters.
At one stage, said the service, half of all its resources had been deployed at once.
And, the problems did not stop at Manchester. Elsewhere in the country, authorities in Essex said that fireworks had been thrown both at police officers and at Basildon police station.
Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service said hundreds of “frightened and concerned” people reported a variety of incidents during the night.
At the height of the calls, the service was receiving more than one call every minute, with a total of 300 calls taken between 3pm and 10pm, which was up by 20 per cent on the situation last year.
A spokesman for the service said: “In the most shocking incidents, firefighters came under fire themselves. In particular they withdrew from Orient Street in Salford when youths hurled fireworks at them as they tried to extinguish a fire in a suspected stolen car.”
Councillor David Acton, chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, condemned those who caused disruption.
He said: “It is unacceptable behaviour and those responsible should be ashamed,” he said.
As of yet, no further details have been released about the condition of the girl who was injured.
No injuries were reported in Essex, although the fire service there said it dealt with more than 70 incidents between 5pm and 11pm.
The latest incidents come following an accident in which four children, aged between nine and 12 were taken to hospital in Lancashire after a firework they were playing with exploded in their faces.
In London, Bonfire Night brought disruption of a different kind, with thousands of masked protestors marching through the capital under the banner of the activist group Anonymous.
So far, 33 arrests have been made by police during the London march, which culminated at Trafalgar Square, for offences including obstructing police and drugs.
Fire fighters urge members of the public to only attend organised firework displays in a bid to prevent serious firework-related injuries.

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Sam comes from Edinburgh and grew up with his mother and step-dad. His father left the country when he learnt he was going to be a father. Sam never had the opportunity to see him and still wonders what he looks like. School wasn’t his thing, he would rather spend sometime with his friends, play rugby and chat girls up. Sam used to help his step dad, a plumber, during summertime. After doing it for several years, he realized he could work with his father and hopefully take over the family business when his step-father would retire. Sam spends most of his time off taking care of his mother, training with the local rugby team. Sam doesn’t have any girlfriend at the moment. He is therefore going out every weekends.