Two killed, four injured in UK firework blast and fire
31 October 2014
On October 30 an explosion and fire destroyed the SP Fireworks facility in Tilcon Avenue, Stafford. Police confirmed two days later that two bodies had been recovered from the site, one a temporary worker for the company and another a customer. A total of four were injured in the incident, with two requiring hospitalisation.
One man was treated for serious burns and a second for smoke inhalation and a back injury and was conveyed to hospital for further assessment and treatment. Two women were treated for smoke inhalation and were discharged at the scene.
Footage of the fire showed thick plumes of smoke and bursts of fireworks exploding in all directions over the facility. At the height of the blaze, which broke out at 5.15pm and took three hours to bring under control, there were 50 firefighters, eight engines and four specialist fire engines at the scene, fire chiefs said.
A 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the blaze, Staffordshire Police said, but was later released and is being treated as a witness.