A Christmas Carols event in Sydney erupted into chaos on Sunday night after a fireworks display went horribly wrong, leaving children injured and people running from the scene.
Families gathered at the Allambie Heights Oval on Sydney's Northern Beaches for the annual festive event, but shortly after 9 pm, fireworks began descending from the sky into the crowd.
An 11-year-old boy was initially taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for treatment of burns and a chest injury, before being transferred to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW Police confirmed on Monday.
An eight-year-old girl was taken to Northern Beaches Hospital for treatment of burns and a wrist injury. She has since been released.
Police have been told a 12-year-old boy was taken to hospital by his parents for treatment of minor burns and has since been released. Six other people were treated on the scene by NSW Rural Fire Service for minor injuries and left prior to the arrival of paramedics and police.
ROGUE FIREWORKS LAUNCHES INTO ALLAMBIE CAROLS CROWD
9:45pm 11 December: Some rogue fireworks launched into the crowd at the carols at Allambie Heights Oval this evening just after 9pm.
We understand it was a a group of young people who have been treated for burns. pic.twitter.com/wJk61VmVRs
— Manly Observer (@ManlyObserver) December 11, 2022
Witnesses say it was 'terrifying'
Video footage captured by an attendee and shared by the Manly Observer shows revellers enjoying the light display. Then rogue fireworks begin blasting out of control before landing on the crowd below. People can be heard screaming as they attempt to run to safety with one screaming "Oh God".
Posting on Facebook following the event, one woman said the scenes were "terrifying". "My child is traumatised. Hope the families with hurt ones are ok," she wrote. Another told the Daily Telegraph it was "carnage" as children began screaming and running out of harm's way.
Police arrived shortly after the 9:30 pm following a concern for welfare report. Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command attended and established a crime scene.
SafeWork NSW has been notified and will attend the scene on Monday.
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