Firefighters issue statement after ‘massive explosion’ heard in Derby

Reports of a large fire and sounds of an explosion in Derby have now been commented on by the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service. A reader reported that on Friday evening (April 15) there was a large fire which appeared to originate from the direction of the Toyota roundabout near the A38.

She said there was a “massive explosion” like noise around 9 p.m. Friday night. The reader said firefighters were present and she assumed the fire was near Toyota’s logistics depot just off the A38 before the Mickleover bend.

A Derbyshire Fire and Rescue spokesman confirmed a unit from Kingsway Fire Station was dispatched to an incident in the area on Friday evening. The incident took place on Findern Lane, Derby and was described as a ‘large open fire’.

The exact incident was a large bonfire measuring around 200 square meters. The incident was brought under control by firefighters who rushed to the scene.

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Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service advice on bonfires is as follows:

  • Must be at least 18 meters (60 feet) from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds
  • Use household firelighters
  • Never use gasoline, paraffin or other flammable liquids

The UK government also states that you cannot dispose of household waste in a bonfire if it causes pollution or harms people’s health. You could also be fined if you start a fire and let the smoke drift down the road and become a traffic hazard.