The party organized by police officers, for the retirement of one of their colleagues, Sunday evening at the Saint-Augustin police station, west of Nice, ended with the arrival… of the firefighters. A civil servant, member of the departmental intervention company according to Nice morning, was seriously injured in the hand while handling a device and had to be operated on, confirms the public prosecutor of Nice.
Xavier Bonhomme, who takes the matter very seriously, announced this Tuesday to 20 minutes that the General Inspectorate of the National Police (IGPN) was seized and that an investigation was opened for “deliberate endangerment”. However, the magistrate could not specify “at this stage” the nature of the pyrotechnic device used.
According Nice morning, it would be an artificial mortar. Particularly feared by law enforcement when used in urban riots, these devices are prohibited for sale to non-professionals. Sunday evening, the fireworks used during the party would have exploded when lit, seriously injuring two of the policeman’s fingers.