Shocking moment gang aim barrage of fireworks at each other in a Birmingham housing estate – as cops charge six men | The Sun
THIS is the shocking moment gangs targeted each other with fireworks in a Birmingham housing estate.
Cops have charged six men after the chaos in the Bagot Street and Staniforth Street area on Tuesday evening.
Will Flanagan, 18, and his flatmates were relaxing in his flat when he suddenly noticed a series of loud bangs and bright flashes outside.
He then recorded the shocking scenes that unfolded outside his student accommodation, gasping in horror as fireworks began to explode all around him.
The shocking video shows a group of people setting off fireworks from their hands – aiming them at people and buildings.
A car was also recorded driving down the street with fireworks being aimlessly fired out of the vehicle windows.
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When Will ventured outside of the building to a nearby store for milk, he encountered more fireworks landing mere metres away from him.
He said: "There were people going down the street shooting at either strangers or each other with fireworks.
"I have no idea how long it was going on for, it was definitely from about nine o'clock until gone midnight.
"Some people complained about it but a lot of people just watched it – the fireworks really mixed opinions.
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"The people setting them off were in small groups and others were in pretty big groups. You couldn't really tell who was with who because everyone was scattered.
"A few of them landed close to me. They didn't hurt at all, but it was definitely scary to look at."
A police spokesperson said: "We detained a number of people and then stopped two cars nearby which were suspected of being linked to the disorder. Inside one vehicle we recovered a knife and the other fireworks.
"We've now charged Sheryar Khan, aged 21; Iqram Khan, 22 and Zain Mahmood, 24, with causing a public nuisance and possession of an offensive weapon.
"We've also charged George Dandison, Ulrich Angwe and Ajay Penfold, all aged 19, with public nuisance. They were remanded to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today (2 November).
"Three other people have been bailed while our enquiries continue.
"Fortunately no-one was seriously injured during the disorder, and we'll continue to have a visible presence of officers in and around the area over the coming days.
"We won't tolerate behaviour which puts others at risk of harm, the safety of everyone in our communities is paramount."
It comes as fireworks were launched into screaming families injuring several kids on Tuesday night.
The chaotic scenes unfolded at a display by Stone Swynnerton Park Cricket Club, in Stone, Staffordshire last night.
Fireworks were mistakenly fired into the crowd at around 7pm.
Flares flew into a baby’s pram which led to a mum flinging it out with her own hands to save her child, according to a witness.
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A private medical team employed by the Stone Cricket Club were on hand to tackle the burns and blisters caused to the crowd.
It is understood around six people were affected as surrounding families and onlookers scattered.
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