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Passengers 'run for their lives' after lit firework thrown into Hackney Overground train

Evening Standard Evening Standard 7/11/2016 Chloe Chaplain

© Provided by Evening Standard Limited Terrified passengers fled from an Overgound train in Hackney after a lit firework was thrown into a carriage full of families.

The firework was lobbed through the open doors as the train was stationary on a platform at Hackney Central station.

Passengers hastily ran from the explosive, with some thinking it was a bomb or gunshot.

One person wrote on Twitter that people were "running for their lives" in fear.

Analyst Ana Maria Bilciu was in the train carriage that the firework was thrown into and described the panic of those around her.

She said: “It was an overall scary experience, especially for the people with young children – it landed right next to me.

“I just heard a banging sound and everybody got scared and thought it was a gun shot or something.

“It was literally a human stampede and people were shouting and screaming as they ran out of the train and onto the platform.

“Kids were shouting for their mums and everyone was really panicked.”

No one was believed to be injured in the incident, which took place on Sunday evening.

A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to Hackney Central station around 6.40pm on Sunday 6 November following reports that a firework was thrown in a carriage.

“Enquiries are underway to identify who is responsible and officers are appealing to any passengers who witnessed the incident to get in touch.”

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