Firefighters attending the scene of an arson have been pelted with lit fireworks by "mindless hooligans".
Essex Fire and Rescue Service was called to reports of lit fireworks put through the letter boxes of two addresses in Adelaide Road, Tilbury.
As inspectors were examining one of the properties two of their colleagues remained in the vehicle which was "pelted" with fireworks", a spokeswoman for the service said.
She said: "Mindless hooligans triggered two incidents in the same road within minutes of each other and then attacked firefighters in an appliance."
The firefighters were unhurt and the appliance was not damaged but the incident was reported as a "near miss", she said.
Police will be investigating the attack, she added.