Fireworks were filmed being set off in the middle of a busy Newham road in scenes which a senior councillor called "dangerous" and "reckless".

A shocking video emerged on social media of fireworks being set off in the middle of High Street North in East Ham on November 12.

The footage, posted on Facebook on Sunday night, appears to show a group preparing and setting off fireworks just yards away from cars that were forced to come to a stop. 

The incident was condemned by Cllr Amar Virdee, Newham Council's cabinet Member for community safety and crime.

He said: “This kind of anti-social behaviour is dangerous, reckless and I condemn it absolutely.

"The fireworks were let off in the middle of a road, while traffic was driving past. This not only endangered motorists and their passengers but also members of the public in the surrounding area.


“Our community safety officers routinely work closely with the Metropolitan Police Service to tackle this kind of anti-social and illegal behaviour and we have brought this video to their attention."

The video lasting almost three minutes captures dozens of fireworks setting off as anxious cars speed round them. 

One man crossing the road can be seen covering his head. 

A Trading Standards spokesperson said: “During festive periods, Newham Council amplifies its commitment to public safety by conducting enhanced inspections specifically focused on fireworks.

"Led by Trading Standards, these measures are strategically designed to address potential risks associated with firework usage. 

"Through rigorous inspections during festivities, the council aims to reinforce adherence to safety protocols, deter illegal activities, and safeguard the well-being of residents and visitors.

"Together, we stand united in our dedication to orchestrating safe and memorable festivities for the entire community."

The London Fire Brigade has reminded those planning to use fireworks to visit their website on how to celebrate safely and legally. 

Cllr Virdee urged anyone with information about those involved in the incident to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.