A TOM Hanks film set is partly to blame for an 'utterly chaotic' firework display in Abingdon at the weekend. 

'Hundreds' of families were left waiting in 'hours' of queues with 'crying children' after an 'utterly chaotic' firework show at the Dalton Barracks, near Abingdon, on Saturday. 

Those who attended said there were huge traffic queues to get in and out and the whole area was in gridlock on Saturday. 

One man told the Oxford Mail: "Badly planned fireworks event at Dalton Barracks caused tailbacks all over Abingdon and the surrounding area. Standstill on the A34 and people complaining of taking two hours to move one mile."

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A spokesperson for Xplosive Events blamed the film sets in place at the barracks for the problems. 

They said: “The local infrastructure and site has historically coped extremely well with large volumes of traffic but this year we had two less entry and exit gates and a section of the perimeter road that are off limits due to the film sets in place on the site, coupled with the larger attendance stretching the traffic management teams staffing allocation and placing the local road network under intense pressure."

These film sets are for the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks World War Two series, Masters of the Air.

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Oxford Mail: Actors spotted on Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg film set at Dalton Barracks.Actors spotted on Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg film set at Dalton Barracks.

Filming for the highly-anticipated Apple TV mini-series started earlier this year and rumours began back in February after a planning application for filming a ‘high end and prestigious production’ at Dalton Barracks was submitted.

The TV show, based on Donald L Miller’s book, is going to be a follow-up to the Emmy-award winning Second World War mini-series, Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

ALSO READ: Filming at Dalton Barracks confirmed as Spielberg-produced Masters of the Air

The series will focus on the 100th Bombardment Group (a unit of the US Air Force) who were based in Thorpe Abbotts in Suffolk during the war.


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