Officers forced to flee after hooded gang shoot fireworks at police car in Birmingham

Ross McGuinness
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Officers were forced to flee after a gang fired live fireworks at a police car in Birmingham on Halloween.

Footage from the incident on Saturday evening in Cape Hill, Smethwick, shows the hooded group launching projectiles at a police car as it passes.

There appear to be dozens of fireworks flying through the air in the video.

A police car came under attack from fireworks in Birmingham on Halloween night. (SWNS)
A police car came under attack from fireworks in Birmingham on Halloween night. (SWNS)
The police car came under attack from fireworks. (SWNS)
The police car came under attack from fireworks. (SWNS)
Video footage captured fireworks going off in Birmingham. (SWNS)
Video footage captured fireworks going off in Birmingham. (SWNS)

In another clip, a police car with its lights flashing approaches the group before the gang takes aim with another volley of fireworks.

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The police vehicle was forced to flee the area to escape. West Midlands Police are investigating the incident.

In the video, one man can be heard saying “don’t record me” as fireworks continue to be set off.

The video emerged after another separate incident in which youths launched fireworks in Birmingham city centre.

A police car was targeted by a gang with fireworks. (SWNS)
A police car was targeted by a gang with fireworks. (SWNS)
A hooded person at the scene in Birmingham on Halloween night. (SWNS)
A hooded person at the scene in Birmingham on Halloween night. (SWNS)
Fireworks were aimed at a police car in Birmingham. (SWNS)
Fireworks were aimed at a police car in Birmingham. (SWNS)

One resident told BirminghamLive: "I could see fireworks were being thrown at traffic and where passers-by were walking and was really concerned someone would get hurt.

"I was considering phoning for an ambulance too as I was so sure someone would be seriously injured.

"I phoned the police twice because they hadn’t come after half an hour, and the responder said they were dealing with a number of similar incidents in the area."

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