Seven children have been treated for “potentially serious” injuries following an incident involving an inflatable slide at a firework display in Woking.
The incident was initially reported as the collapse of a helter skelter.
Surrey police has now confirmed that the children fell from a giant inflatable slide and have taken to hospital.
The ambulance service described this as a “significant incident”.
A photograph taken earlier at the scene shows members of the emergency services treating a patient next to an inflatable slide.
Surrey Police said: “We have declared a major incident following a number of people falling from an inflatable slide at the Woking Park fireworks display at around 7.30pm this evening.
“A number of children fell from the slide and were injured. Eight children have been taken to hospital by South East Coast Ambulance Service with potentially serious injuries.
“The police worked with the organisers of the event to evacuate the site, in order to allow the emergency services to do their work, and to allow the air ambulance to land.
“We are grateful to the public of Woking for their understanding and assistance in quickly evacuating the scene.”
The Health and Safety Executive have been informed.
The police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has video or photographic footage of what happened, to make contact with Surrey Police via 101, or surrey.police.uk/ReportIt, quoting reference PR/P18262524.
The event’s organisers tweeted: “Really sorry but due to a major incident in the funfair area the police have asked us to evacuate the park. The fireworks display will therefore not take place tonight. We will publish further information as soon as possible.”