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People evacuated from The Forum after firework causes ‘small explosion’ in bin

PUBLISHED: 14:24 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 20 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 city centre building was evacuated after a firework caused an explosion in a bin.

Emergency services were called to the Forum, on Millennium Plain in Norwich, just before 1.50pm on Wednesday afternoon to reports of an explosion.

Certain areas of the Forum - including the library, Pizza Express and Marzano’s - were initially evacuated, and by 2.05pm the whole building had been cleared.

Police said they had been called to reports of a “small explosion” in a bin just outside the car park.

A spokesperson said officers discovered a firework had been behind the incident, and that no-one had been injured.

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

They took to Twitter to reassure people who may have heard the noise, and said: “We are aware of an incident @TheNorwichForum due to a firework causing a small explosion outside the car park.

“No one is hurt and we are currently on scene.”

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

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

It came after reports on social media of a “loud bang”, which caused an unpleasant smell and smoke in the area.

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.

But the fire had been put out by the time they arrived on scene.

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