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Six Children Injured At Evacuated Fireworks Event After 'Inflatable Slide Collapse'

Six Children Injured At Evacuated Fireworks Event After 'Inflatable Slide Collapse'

12,000 people were expected to attend the event but it has now been evacuated

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

Woking Fireworks has been evacuated after an inflatable slide collapsed, reportedly injuring six children.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, are on the scene and the fireworks display has been cancelled.


Police initially said the incident had occurred on a Helter Skelter, however, they have since confirmed that the collapse of a 'giant inflatable slide' caused the reported injuries.

In a statement, police said: "We've evacuated Woking Park this evening, where people were gathering for the fireworks celebrations, following the collapse of the Helter Skelter at the fairground.

"Information is now that this was a giant inflatable slide, not a helter skelter.

"We are working with ambulance and emergency service colleagues. We have had to evacuate the whole Woking Park site to allow the air ambulance to land. If you are still in the area, please follow the instructions given to you by officers and make your way home."

The organisers have also issued a statement, apologising for the cancellation of the event.


The statement said: "Really sorry but due to a major incident in the funfair area the police have asked us to evacuate the park. The fireworks display will therefore not take place tonight.

"We are all very shocked and distressed by events in the funfair this evening. We are focusing in assisting the emergency services in dealing with the injured children. If you'll excuse us, we'll turn our attention to dealing with ticketing issues etc when we can."

People who attended the event have taken to Twitter, describing the scene and expressing that their thoughts are with those affected by the incident.

One person said: "Was at the horrific incident at #WokingPark tonight. As much as it's a disappointment to not see the fireworks and to be evacuated, totally worried about those affected. All my thoughts are with the emergency services who are onsite right now"

Another said: "Our thoughts are with those in woking following the incident at the fireworks. We often attended when we lived in the town. I hope all those injured recover speedily."

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Twitter/@AndyDatsonWT