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Dead firefighters blast footage released

Dramatic footage captured by fireman Brian Wembridge just before the fireworks factory explosion killed him and his colleague Geoff Wicke
Fire brigade video of the blast shot by Brian Wembridge before he died

A father and son have been jailed for the manslaughter of two firemen killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory.

Geoff Wicker, 49, and Brian Wembridge, 63, were killed in the fire at Marlie Farm in Shortgate, near Lewes, East Sussex, in December 2006.

Martin Winter, 52, owner of Festival Fireworks UK Ltd, since renamed Alpha Fireworks Ltd, was jailed for seven years at Lewes Crown Court.

His son Nathan, 25, was jailed for five years. Both men had denied the charges.

They were found to be "grossly negligent" through knowing an unlicensed metal container packed with fireworks could explode if a blaze broke out.

The container was used to house fireworks before be

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Added: Dec-16-2009 Occurred On: Dec-16-2009
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