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PUBLISHED: 13:47 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

A SCHOOL in Lowestoft has defended claims that a firework fun family evening turned sour after guests at the event found themselves in the firing line of one of the colourful explosives.

A SCHOOL in Lowestoft has defended claims that a firework fun family evening turned sour after guests at the event found themselves in the firing line of one of the colourful explosives.

Dell Primary School held its annual bonfire and firework event on Wednesday, but what was intended as an enjoyable evening out for families almost turned into a disaster when one of the rockets headed for the crowd.

Witnesses claimed that many had to run for cover when, just minutes into the display, fireworks were accidentally sent flying towards the gathered families instead of high into the night sky.

Trevor Manning said: “Fireworks started to go off course, heading in all directions in the air. One rocket travelled about one to two feet off the ground straight towards the crowd. Luckily it hit the barrier as the crowd started to run for cover, but I think a few people may have been hit by the sparks.

“One headed straight towards me and my five and seven-year-old sons. By this time the crowd in the area were all running for cover and trying to find a safe place. Many just left and went home.”

Robert Stephenson, of Melbourne Road, Lowestoft, also attended the event with his four-year-old granddaughter, but after a firework hit her foot she was left “upset and frightened”.

“It was the first fireworks display she's been to and it put her into shock. She says she doesn't want to go to one ever again,” he said.

Visitors claimed that six or seven rockets shot horizontally towards the crowd, with an estimated 100 people soon heading for the exit gate.

The fireworks night is an annual event at the school, which is run by a firework committee.

Speaking on behalf of the school, Suffolk County Council communications manager John Ross said: “At the event one rogue firework went off in the direction of the crowd.

“To the school's knowledge, no-one was hurt and the head teacher was considering halting proceedings but the person in charge informed her that it was only one rogue firework and the evening continued to everyone's satisfaction safely.

“The incident will be by fully investigated and reported to parents.”

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