Barnstaple nightclub evacuated due to smoke grenade

Fever Boutique in Queen Street, Barnstaple, had to be evacuated in the early hours of this morning.

Fever Boutique in Queen Street, Barnstaple, had to be evacuated in the early hours of this morning. Pic: Andy Casey. - Credit: Archant

Police in Barnstaple are currently investigating after a smoke grenade was discharged in Fever Boutique in Barnstaple.

AROUND 300 people were evacuated from Barnstaple nightclub Fever Boutique in the early hours of Friday morning after a smoke grenade was discharged.

One man was treated by ambulance services for an asthma attack brought on by the grenade at the club in Queen Street but there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Police are currently investigating the source of grenade and the person who was responsible for discharging it.

Roger Bartlett, local police inspector, told the Gazette: “Clearly this was an incredibly foolish act by the person responsible.


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“The club was busy with people, many of whom were intoxicated.

“The grenade which emits the smoke on release of a pin is manufactured to disorientate people and it is only because to the calm professionalism of night club staff that everyone was evacuated safely.

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“There is evidence to indicate that the device may have been military issue.”

Vicky Whitworth, the nightclub’s manager: “Clearly this was a nasty incident and caused a lot of distress to our customers.

“I am pleased that our evacuation plans worked well and relieved that no one was badly hurt and hope we will be able to find the person responsible.”

Anyone who has any information which could lead police to identify the offender is asked to call non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference CB/13/3366.

Were you in Fever Boutique when the smoke grenade was set off? Email sarah.howells@archant.co.uk.

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