Sussex

Lewes firework injury man's condition improves

Bonfire celebrations in Lewes, East Sussex
Image caption A total of 400 officers were deployed during the bonfire celebrations in Lewes

The condition has improved of a 21-year-old man who was hit in the chest by a stray rocket at one of England's largest bonfire night celebrations.

The Brighton man suffered critical internal injuries when he was hit by the firework at Landport recreation ground in Lewes, East Sussex on Friday.

Doctors at Brighton's Royal Sussex County Hospital said his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

His condition has changed from "critical" to "serious".

'Laceration to lungs'

The victim was a member of the Commercial Square Bonfire Society, according to Sussex Police.

An estimated 40,000 people packed the narrow streets of Lewes to watch the celebrations on Friday.

A total of 400 officers were deployed during the event which included a procession through the town by bonfire societies and culminated in six bonfire and firework displays at various locations.

On Saturday doctors said the victim, who suffered burns, fractured ribs and a laceration to his lungs, was lucky to be alive.

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