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An 'inappropriate' fireworks display was held in east London tonight
The loud fireworks caused panic almost exactly 24 hours after seven people were killed by terrorists in last night’s London attack.
The Intercontinental Hotel – The 02 has apologised for the incident, which led residents to fear guns were being fired.
The hotel Tweeted: "Dear neighbours, we thoroughly apologise for the ill timing of the fireworks this evening. We hope to have an explanation very shortly."
It later added: "Dear neighbours, the fireworks this evening were part of a private function at the hotel.
"All the relevant authorities were contacted for approval earlier today.
"Once again we truly apologise for any upset caused."
In some instances the fireworks were mistaken for gunshots, with others saying it was a mistake to let them off in a city “on edge”.
The fireworks were slated on social media by a number of users from around 9.45pm this evening.
One Twitter user wrote: “When there's fireworks and your mum asks if they're gunshots.. #london #whataworld”
Another said they had also mistaken the fireworks for "gunfire".
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Seriously? Fireworks in London the day after a terror attack?
Journalist Holly Brockwell wrote: “Seriously? Fireworks in London the day after a terror attack? No thought that maybe they sound quite a lot like gunfire & explosions???!”
Another Twitter user said east London was “freaking out about the fireworks”.
Last night seven people were killed when three terrorists carried out a van and knife attack.
Three jihadis mowed into a crowd of people on London Bridge in a white van before stabbing revellers in Borough Market.
Seven people were killed in last night's London terror attach
All three were shot dead by armed police within eight minutes of the attack beginning.
Police said they had fired an "unprecedented" 50 rounds of ammunition during the attack in an attempt to down the killers.