'It sounded like gunshots': Family scrambles from illegal fireworks

A family were forced to scramble to safety when illegal fireworks were set off right next to them at a Perth car park.

Josh Durrant, 12, and his family had just finished dinner at a bistro in the Darch Plaza Shopping centre in the northern suburbs when someone dropped a box out of a car door.

The illegal fireworks were strong enough to burn their clothing, melt paint and sounded like gunshots.

“I thought it was a bomb,” Josh said.

A family were forced to scramble to safety when illegal fireworks were set off in a car park. Photo: 7 News
Josh Durrant, 12, and his family had just finished dinner when someone dropped a box out of a car door. Photo: 7 News

As the fireworks started exploding the Durrant family were standing by their car just 20 metres away.

Within moments the fireworks were exploding and flying all around them.

“The fireworks were shooting at my sister,” Josh said.

One firework even came close enough to burn a hole in her shirt and others hit the family car, melting the paint.

One firework came close enough to burn a hole in Josh’s sister’s shirt. Photo: 7 News

Josh’s mum Wendy – says the family scrambled for cover.

“Somebody could have been maimed. It had the potential of really injuring somebody,” she said.

The family hopes whoever let them off now realises someone could have been hurt.

The family hopes whoever let them off now realises someone could have been hurt. Photo: 7 News