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Metal debris found in Fontwell village garden

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Jon Wynne-Tyson who found metal he believes came from a firework display at Fontwell.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140597-1 SUS-140906-172603001

C140597-1 ChiBog Fontwell Firework phot kate Jon Wynne-Tyson who found metal he believes came from a firework display at Fontwell.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140597-1 SUS-140906-172603001

A HEAVY metal object has dropped out of the sky into a Fontwell widower’s garden.

Jon Wynne-Tyson, 89, has lived in Fontwell village since 1961.

He said the metal ‘projectile’ came down close to a swing used by children in the family for the past three generations of his family.

Mr Wynne-Tyson, of Day Lane, said the metal casing was more than eight inches long and weighed more than two ounces.

He believed the object could have been metal casing from a firework from the last display in the grounds of Fontwell Racecourse.

However, the company that runs Fontwell’s displays said it did not use fireworks of this kind.

“We do not use these rockets in our displays and the firework has not come from Fontwell,” said a spokesman from Aurora Fireworks Ltd, based in Wisborough Green.

A spokesman for the company said he thought it was metal casing for a rocket, but it must have come from another fireworks event.

Mr Wynne-Tyson said he believed the metal object could have been dangerous, especially if he or a member of his family had been in the garden at the time.

He has called for whoever held the display to take responsibility.

He added fireworks could 
be a danger or even potentially ‘lethal’.

“My gardener, whose day job is with one of the largest estates in the area, himself – some time ago – suffered a bad cut to the thumb from a wooden stick from a rocket,” he said. The latest Fontwell display was held last October.

 

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