Truck full of fireworks explodes in front of terrified crowd after they were accidentally set off
Watch as truck full of fireworks explodes in front of terrified crowd at display after they were accidentally set off – as organiser is fined more than £7,000
This is the moment a truck full of fireworks explodes in front of a terrified crowd after they were accidentally set off – resulting in a £7,670 fine for the organiser.
Up to 2,000 people were watching Craig Robinson’s display when a stray rocket veered towards an open back truck filled with pyrotechnics.
It pierced a flimsy plastic cover protecting the mass of fireworks and set them all alight at the same time.
Video of the moment flames were sent shooting up into the night sky while fireworks launched in every direction from the back of the vehicle was shown in court.
Up to 2,000 people were watching Craig Robinson’s display when a stray rocket veered towards an open back truck filled with fireworks
Craig Robinson (pictured) was ordered to pay a £3,780 fine and an additional £3,700 to cover prosecution costs
There was widespread ‘fear’ in the crowd as some shocked spectators shielded their children from the danger while others sheltered under chairs.
The accidental blaze lasted for three minutes before organisers extinguished it.
In the footage immediately afterwards the commentator can be heard saying: ‘Not quite as we had planned.’
The incident happened at the Ringwood Raceway site at Matchams, Dorset, on November 6, 2021.
Robinson, the sole director of Ringwood Raceway, pleaded guilty to the charge of being the storer of explosives and failing to take appropriate measures to prevent explosions at Poole Magistrates’ Court.
The court heard that the truck should not have been near the rest of the display and that the thin sheet of plastic covering was not sufficient to shield the fireworks from a stray rocket.
Syan Ventom, prosecuting, said: ‘Mr Robinson is sole director of Ringwood Raceway and he has thrown events like this for many years.
‘On November 6 there were between 1,600 and 2,000 people in attendance at the track.
It pierced a flimsy plastic cover protecting the mass of pyrotechnics and set them all alight at the same time
The accidental blaze lasted for three minutes before organisers extinguished it
‘Between races he planned to put on a firework display in the middle of the oval racetrack.
‘I should say that there was no issue in the distance between the fireworks and the spectators.
‘A vehicle was parked next to the display and it contained other fireworks.
‘They were only protected by some form of plastic sheeting which was clearly insufficient.
‘A stray firework melted through and ignited all of the others. The vehicle was too close to the display.’
Nick Robinson, mitigating, emphasised that his client fully accepted his actions and had taken the necessary steps to make sure that it never happened again.
He said: ‘Mr Robinson has been doing displays like this since 2008 and there have been no other incidents such as this.
‘He accepts that the fireworks in the back of this truck should have been better protected and the truck itself should not have been there.
‘He has pleaded guilty and fully accepts responsibility for this event.
‘Fortunately none of the fireworks caused any actual harm but it did create fear of harm in the area.’
The incident happened at the Ringwood Raceway site at Matchams, Dorset, on November 6, 2021
After watching the video footage of the truck exploding with fireworks the magistrates sentenced him.
David Murray, presiding magistrate, told Robinson: ‘This should not have happened but it did because you failed to take care and did not apply health and safety regulations.
‘Your counsel has told us that you have changed the risk assessment already. It is by the grace of God that this didn’t injure anybody. You are a very fortunate man.’
Robinson was ordered to pay a £3,780 fine and an additional £3,700 to cover prosecution costs.