Budleigh Salterton firework prank could have ended in tragedy

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:34 10 June 2010

BUDLEIGH Salterton police are appealing for help tracing three youngsters seen running away from a home in Norman Crescent after a firecracker was set off and pushed through a letterbox.

BUDLEIGH Salterton police are appealing for help tracing three youngsters seen running away from a home in Norman Crescent after a firecracker was set off and pushed through a letterbox.

The incident took place at around 9.45pm on Thursday August 6 and at the same time three boys and a girl, all aged about 15, were seen running-off.

The female was of medium build with bleached blond hair shaped in a bob, the police said.

Budleigh Salterton police community support officer Malcolm Maguire said: "Naturally, we are taking this matter very seriously because the potential for harm was great."

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the incident could have ended in tragedy.

A spokesman said: "It could have ended in a fatality.

"Putting fireworks through letterboxes could block someone's escape route and has the potential to end in a real disaster."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact 08452 777444 and quote Log 1179 06/08/09

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