Passengers ‘run for their lives’ as firework lobbed into Hackney Central Overground train

PUBLISHED: 12:25 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:25 07 November 2016

Passengers were evacuated after a firework was thrown into the Overground carriage. (Photo: @AnaBilciu)

Passengers were evacuated after a firework was thrown into the Overground carriage. (Photo: @AnaBilciu)


Passengers “ran for their lives” after a lit firework was chucked into a carriage full of families on an Overgound train at Hackney Central last night.

Police are trying to trace the culprit who threw the firework through open doors as the train was stationary on a platform.

Panicked passengers who ran screaming and shouting off the train thought the explosive could have been a bomb or gunshot.

Jimmy Ness wrote on Twitter: “Just had a bomb scare on the overground in Hackney. closest I’ve thought I was to dying. someone threw a firework.”

Another person described how people were “running for their lives” in fear.

No one is believed to have been injured in the incident, which took place last night at around 6.40pm.

A spokesman from British Transport Police said: “Enquiries are underway to identify who is responsible and officers are appealing to any passengers who witnessed the incident to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to text 61016 or call 0800 40 50 40 quoting 360 of 6/11.

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