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Man who admitted throwing lit firework into bin at Forum in Norwich surprised at how loud bang was

PUBLISHED: 08:46 23 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 23 December 2017

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

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

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A man who lit a firework and threw it into a bin in The Forum in Norwich has been fined.

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

Police were called around 1.50pm on Wednesday (December 20) following reports of a small explosion in a bin in the car park at The Forum on causing the building to be evacuated.

It was confirmed the explosion was caused by a firework, which had been thrown in the bin.

Ben De-Vilder, 24, of Oak Tree Drive, Norwich, admitted a charge of throwing a firework in a public place when he appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday (December 22).

Simon Nicholls, mitigating, said De-Vilder found the firework in his pocket and decided to throw it away after lighting it but was surprised by how loud it was.

He also pleaded guilty to having a defective tyre and a defective exhaust.

De-Vilder, who had been in custody since Wednesday, was fined £50 for the firework offence and £50 for each of the motoring offences.

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