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Police called after fireworks set off outside Hilton Hotel for ‘hour and a half’

Police have appealed for information following an incident where fireworks were set off outside the Hilton Hotel in the city centre.

Merseyside Police received reports of fireworks being set off outside the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool City Centre at around 1am on Sunday, May 1. Widely circulated footage on social media showed fireworks being set off directly outside the hotel near the Royal Albert Dock.

Another video on Twitter showed fireworks being pointed in the direction of the hotel while a third showed fireworks and smoke devices being thrown towards the hotel’s front entrance. Door staff can be seen standing at the entrance of the hotel when the projectiles are thrown.

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The explosions and crackles outside the hotel reportedly lasted for more than an hour and a half. There are unconfirmed reports Chelsea FC players were staying in the hotel ahead of their match versus Everton FC at Goodison Park today.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police told the ECHO : “We can confirm we received a report of fireworks being set off outside the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool city centre at around 1am this morning, Sunday May 1. It is against the law to carry or use adult fireworks if you are under 18, and illegal for people of any age to let off or throw a firework in a public place.

“Also, you must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except on Bonfire Night, New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year. If anyone believes they have information about the incident or the illegal use or possession of fireworks, please contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerseyPolice or Facebook Merseyside Police CC quoting reference 22000297336. You can also call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”