Fireworks were blasted at activists dangling from a bridge as huge queues of traffic formed and drivers fumed.
A nine-second clip circulating on social media appears to show someone launching fireworks at two supporters of Just Stop Oil, who have been occupying the Dartford Crossing since the early hours of yesterday morning to highlight climate crisis.
The two environmentalists had enraged thousands of commuters by occupying the bridge which links the M25 over the Thames between Kent and Essex.
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Police were forced to close the bridge for more than 24 hours, leading to tailbacks and two-hour delays.
In the clip someone can be seen standing below the bridge at night before launching two fireworks in quick succession.
The protesters shared an update from their hammock in the sky this morning, proving they had not been deterred by the dangerous actions.
The fireworks have received mixed responses online, with people affected by the bridge's closure expressing frustration.
Others were concerned that fireworks could have seriously injured the protesters.
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One person commented said: "If the police don't get a grip then the people will act."
Just Stop Oil has not been put off by public backlash towards their protests, instead they vow to continue calling for change.
One of the protesters occupying the bridge shared a video this morning, in which he said they "survived" the first night, but added: "I was pretty cold and didn't sleep much, but I'm OK."
He finished by saying Just Stop Oil will end the disruption when the Government cancels all new oil and gas contracts.
In a statement, the group said: "This is not a one-day event, expect us every day and anywhere.
"This is an act of resistance against a criminal Government and their genocidal death project.
"Our supporters will be returning – today, tomorrow and the next day – and the next day after that – and every day until our demand is met: no new oil and gas in the UK."
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