But fireworks aren’t much fun when you’re not expecting them to go off – as millions of dogs and cats around the world would testify, if they could speak.

Thailand has found out just how disturbing an unexpected display can be as residents in Sarabui province were forced to flee after an accident at a fireworks factory sent rockets shooting into the sky, setting trees and factories alight.

Twenty fire engines spent several hours getting the blazes under control as police evacuated homes within 1.8 miles of the factory.

It is thought nobody was working at the factory when the explosions began .

According to police no casualties were reported, but investigation into the cause of the incident is under way.