POLICE have urged parents to keep a close check on their children after a spate of firework problems across Huddersfield.
Police have had about 20 calls over the last 24 hours about fireworks being let off in the street or being used dangerously.
And an Examiner reader, who does not want to be named, said youths were now throwing fireworks in the Thornton Lodge area every night from 9pm and has taken photos to prove it.
The 20 calls to the police included one about vandals destroying a car in Thornhill after putting a large firework inside and letting it off.
The firework shell - the size of a biscuit tin - set fire to the inside of the car on Overthorpe Road and wrecked it just after 7.30pm on Wednesday.
Sub-officer Charlie Coates, of Dewsbury fire station, said: "It was clearly a very dangerous thing to do.
"The explosion would have blown glass some considerable distance and could have caused very severe injuries."
Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said: "We have received calls from all across Huddersfield. The problem seems to be worse this year than in recent years.
"These youngsters don't seem to realise that fireworks are explosives which potentially can kill," he added.
"The last thing we want is a serious injury - or even worse - before they take notice."
And Pc McSweeney urged parents to make sure they know where their children are during the evenings and what they are doing.
"It may be their child who ends up hurt," he said. "If you find fireworks on your children, or hidden in their bedrooms, confiscate them."
Pc McSweeney added: "Fireworks are causing many people - especially the elderly - a lot of distress."
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