This is the shocking moment two dog walkers narrowly avoided being seriously injured after being pelted with lit fireworks in the street.
Luke Priest, 23 and Jacob Feltham, 23, had been taking their pet cockapoos out for an evening stroll at 8.30pm on New Year’s Eve when they were targeted by yobs.
CCTV footage shows the pair being forced to dive for cover as two rockets explode just inches away from them and dogs Ziggy, ten, and two-year-old Nico.
One of the fireworks can be seen bouncing off the windscreen of a parked car while the other lands on the street before they both erupt in a flash of sparks.
The thugs are believed to have shot the two rockets sellotaped together from a nearby grass verge close to the scene on Boundary Hill, in Gornal, near Dudley, West Midlands.
Luke’s mum Nichola Priest, 49, captured the drama on her home’s security cameras and said her son and his partner were lucky not to be killed.
The gran-of-two said: “My son and his partner were going out to walk the dogs – they do it all the time.
“You can see that out of nowhere this firework comes flying at them. Luckily, they weren’t hit as it bounced off the parked car.
“The boys leapt out the way, they ran back into the house and phoned us to say what had happened.
“When we got home, we saw it all on the CCTV – it was just horrible. When it went off it was so close to Jacob’s head.
“The firework came from the bank just down the road Thankfully no one was injured – it could’ve blinded or even worse killed one of them.
“The dogs Ziggy and Nico were so frightened – I was worried as the scare could’ve caused Ziggy to have a heart attack because he’s ten-years-old.
“They were shaking that whole night and I tried to take them out the next day but they were too scared to even leave the house.
“They loved going out for walks too.
“I know it is the time of year when people celebrate with fireworks and normally people in the area set them off safely.
“This clearly was an idiot messing around as it was two rockets taped together.
“There was more than one lying the in street so you can tell this person was not doing this accidentally.”
West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101.