A boy has died after police were called to an incident in Halifax involving fireworks being thrown down a street by a group of youths, the local force has said. Officers were called by ambulance crews to the injured 17-year-old in a garden on Vickerman Street, to the south-west of the town, last night.
West Yorkshire Police has yet to say what injuries the boy sustained, or if his death was linked to the firework incident.
The force said it had referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) as officers were already attending the incident on the street.
In a statement, a police spokesperson said: “Police were called by the ambulance service just before 8.15pm on Saturday, November 5, following reports of an injured male in the garden of a property in Vickerman Street, Halifax.
“A 17-year-old male was taken to hospital where he died.
“[The] scene is open and [the] force has referred itself to the IPOC as police had been called to the street beforehand due to fireworks being set off.”
Footage from a local resident appears to show fireworks being set off between cars in the street. Other images show officers in riot gear.
The incident occurred early in the evening on Bonfire Night. Officers were pictured at a property on the street this morning.
One eyewitness described the scene last night as “horrendous”, telling YorkshireLive she saw people “hurling fireworks in the street”.
It reported those living on the street said fireworks were being aimed at police.
Ahead of Guy Fawkes’ Night, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue cautioned the public over firework safety.
It said: “Any action where fireworks are used to harass, intimidate, or cause damage to others is a criminal act and anti-social.
“West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate this behaviour and the consequences are serious. You can be fined an unlimited amount or potentially risk jail for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally.”
The force added that it would be carrying out extra patrols on Bonfire Night.
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