Two firefighters part of a crew attending a house fire were attacked by children who launched fireworks at them while they worked.

On Monday evening, crews from Nelson attended a fire in a house on Derby Street.

While dealing with the incident, which saw fire crews don breathing apparatus and use one hose reel to extinguish the blaze, a group of children allegedly launched rockets at the firefighters.

A spokesperson for the police said: "Police were called to reports that two firefighters were targeted by children with fireworks while attending to a house fire on Derby Street in Nelson on October 19.

"Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured; but the consequences of these reckless actions could have proved much worse, and enquiries are ongoing to locate those responsible.

"No arrests have yet been made."

Geographic Inspector for Pendle and the Ribble Valley, Insp Scott Boast, said this kind of 'reckless' behaviour would not be tolerated in the Pendle community, and police would be working with local organisations to try and further educate parents and children.

He said: “This behaviour will not go unchallenged; it is frankly reckless, dangerous and incredibly concerning; emergency services are there to help those most in need in their time of crisis, and while potentially saving life, theirs have been targeted.

"We will not tolerate this behaviour in our community, and we will be working closely with local councillors, youth support workers and community groups – including places of faith and worship – in a bid to further educate parents and children around the real dangers that fireworks present.

"Fireworks are not toys – they are incredibly powerful, dangerous explosives - and it’s a miracle that nobody was seriously injured.

"We will continue to crack down on the illegal sale and purchase of these dangerous weapons, and will be working closely with our partners in the local council, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service and Trading Standards to tackle the problem.

"We wish our colleagues in the fire service a speedy recovery.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have CCTV should contact the police on 101 or email – alternatively it can be reported online – – or by speak with independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or by visiting