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Man arrested after firework causes ‘small explosion’ near Norwich building

PUBLISHED: 16:36 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 21 December 2017

Fire engines responding to reports of a small explosion at the Forum. Picture: Archant staff

Fire engines responding to reports of a small explosion at the Forum. Picture: Archant staff

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A man has been charged after a firework exploded in a bin in Norwich

Police at the Forum, after they were called to reports of a small explosion in a bin. Picture: Archant staffPolice at the Forum, after they were called to reports of a small explosion in a bin. Picture: Archant staff

Emergency services were called to the Forum, on Millennium Plain, at about 1.50pm on Wednesday afternoon to reports of a “small explosion”.

They found that a firework had been placed in a bin at the building’s car park.

No-one was injured, but the Forum was initially evacuated as a precaution.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said they sent three crews - one each from Carrow, Earlham and Sprowston - to the incident, which was initially reported as a building fire on Bethel Street.

Police at the Forum, after they were called to reports of a small explosion in a bin. Picture: Archant staffPolice at the Forum, after they were called to reports of a small explosion in a bin. Picture: Archant staff

Ben De-Vilder, aged 24, of Oak Tree Drive in Norwich, has been charged with throwing a firework in a public place.

He has been remanded into custody to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court today.

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