Police treating fireworks let off in Thetford apartment building as arson
PUBLISHED: 13:08 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:59 03 January 2018
Police are treating an incident where several fireworks were let off in the entrance of an apartment building as arson.
Firefighters were called to Isabelle House on Anna Gurney Close, in Thetford, at 11.05pm on Monday, January 1.
Appliances from Thetford and East Harling attended but there was no fire.
A police spokesman said they were called by the fire service after an unknown person “set off several fireworks in the ground floor communal area”.
Resident Nick Boram said: “I heard something out on the stairs but I did not think nothing of it to be honest. It sounded like somebody dropping some bags. There was a bag and the alarm went off.
“Someone turned it off and I thought someone had knocked the alarm.
“I went down the stairs and there was just smoke everywhere. It was just smokey.”
Mr Boram said he believed the front door - which is usually secure - may have been open.
He added: “It is very dangerous. It could have caused a massive fire.”
Police said damage has been caused to door frames and carpet has been burnt in the doorway of one of the flats.
Les Britzman, Norfolk Fire and Rescue’s assistant chief fire officer, said: “Fireworks used in this way, whether it be malicious or a prank, is a criminal offence.
“Putting something so dangerous through the main exit to a building blocks the means of escape and could potentially kill someone or a whole family.”
The incident occurred between 11pm and 11.10pm.
It is being treated as arson and enquiries are on-going.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information is asked to call Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.