A MAN suffered serious hand injuries after a firework exploded in his hand and a woman suffered burns after her clothes were set alight.

Emergency services said these incidents were just two of many to plague the county over Bonfire weekend.

Officers said the 18-year-old man had been ‘messing’ with the fireworks on Steiner Street in Accrington on Sunday when one exploded leaving him with 'serious but not life threatening injuries' to his fingers.

The 23-year-old woman suffered serious burns to her legs after her clothes caught fire when she was hit by a firework on Sunday.

The victim was at a community event on Cedar Street, Blackburn when she was struck by a firework thrown by a group of youths, detectives said.

She was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where she remains.

DC Deborah Sethi, investigating, said: “This woman is extremely fortunate not to have suffered even more serious injuries.

“I would appeal to anyone who witnessed what happened or who knows who any of this group of youths may be, to get in touch.

“I would also ask that if you were among this group that you come and speak to us.”

Police and firefighters also reported a number of incidents involving teenagers throwing fireworks at them as they attended emergency calls.

A spokesperson from Lancashire police, said: "We have a log of incidents of emergency service personnel coming under fire from fireworks.

“It is unclear just how many officers have been attacked over the period.”

Yesterday firefighters were pelted with fireworks and rubbish by a gang of around eight teenagers as they attended a small rubbish fire in New Hall Street, Burnley.

Police attended the scene and have launched an investigation into the attack.

Anyone with any information should call 101.