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Rocket firework thrown into North Woolwich Library labelled ‘sickening’ act

PUBLISHED: 13:28 03 November 2016 | UPDATED: 08:57 04 November 2016

A North Woolwich resident took these pictures of the firework after it was thrown inside the area's library

A North Woolwich resident took these pictures of the firework after it was thrown inside the area's library

Prefers to remain anonymous

Children and adults had a lucky escape after a rocket firework exploded inside a library after being lobbed inside.

North Woolwich library was closed as a result of the North Woolwich library was closed as a result of the "distress" caused to visitors inside at the time

Approximately 25 people were inside North Woolwich Library, Pier Road, on Tuesday at 4pm when the rocket was thrown with one child and a staff member said to be close by to where it went off.

Two fire engines attended the scene at 4.11pm “to reports of a youth throwing a firework” although no fire was found. The library was closed for the rest of the day.

A local resident who was inside the premises at the time, and wishes to stay anonymous, called the incident “sickening and dangerous”.

He said: “I was in the back room and I heard someone shout out. In the next moment we could hear the firework and then the alarm went off. The staff panicked a bit.”

He added that his granddaughter and the other children present were “scared sh**tless” by what happened.

A Newham Council spokesperson said: “It is extremely fortunate that no-one was injured as a result of this highly dangerous and mindless act.

“However, as a result of the distress caused to staff and people using the library at the time and the damage caused to the flooring we closed the library early.

“We are working with the police to help identify those responsible.”

A spokeswoman for Newham police confirmed that it had received a report of criminal damage at 4.07pm.

The library reopened at 1pm today. It is nomally closed on Wednesdays.


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