A woman has condemned a person who set off fireworks near a crowded beach.
It happened during Brighton’s annual Christmas swim.
Beachgoers said there was a “loud explosion,” startling swimmers and people who had grabbed the pebbles to watch.
A person on the boardwalk was believed to have set off fireworks as the swimmers were taking a dip.
Suzi Boseley, who was among those on the beach, condemned the behavior. She said: “You literally ruined the morning of this lovely family next to us. They had a dog and two children and everyone was screaming.”
Another witness said: “It sounded like a bomb, a subsonic explosion.
“We were all focused on the sea swimmers when we were startled by the blast. I turned and could see a puff of smoke above the crowd.
“The fact that there was a crowd in a public place, it briefly occurred to me that it could have been something worse than fireworks.”
The law states that fireworks may not be set off or thrown on the street or other public places, and it is a criminal offense to do so on or in highways, streets or public spaces.
The police guideline says: “Fireworks, used irresponsibly, can cause property damage and cause significant harm to people and animals. Exploding fireworks are not only dangerous, they can also pose a serious fire hazard.
“For this reason, members of the public are only allowed to use fireworks on private property, such as their backyards, and only licensed professionals are allowed to use them in public places.”
Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have been contacted for comment.
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