A frightened police horse reportedly threw off its police rider and bolted around east London, after a firework was let off nearby.
A jogger saw the horse run off towards Driffield Road, near Victoria Park in the borough of Tower Hamlets, on Friday evening.
The horse was reportedly spooked by a firework, and is believed to have subsequently thrown off its rider.
The jogger contacted the police after the horse charged past him said it was a “miracle” it was not injured.
In a post regarding the incident posted to the website Reddit, the witness wrote using the username Santero: “It [the horse] veered across the road and turned right by a Boris Bike stop, and absolutely stacked it - sparks flying everywhere from the hooves.
“It got up, and absolutely flew off down Driffield Road.”
The horse was later rescued by a shopkeeper who stopped it from running into heavy traffic in Roman Road, Bow, the user added.
Police officers arrived at the scene within a few minutes and the horse was returned to safety.Reuse content