Fireworks cause 999 calls surge

Bonfires have been keeping emergency services busy this year

Emergency services in in Edinburgh and Fife dealt with nearly 500 calls on Guy Fawkes night, almost five times the amount for an average night.

Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service alone responded to 429 calls, most dealing with out of control bonfire and fireworks displays, however no serious blazes have been reported this year.

Two homes in Fife were damaged by bonfires that were too close to the walls but nobody in the area was hurt. 

A spokeswoman for Lothian and Borders police said: “This is traditionally a very busy time of year for emergency services but many of the calls could be avoided if people were more aware of the safety of themselves and others.’

“Fireworks are essentially explosives and should only be bought from reputable retailers.’

“Uncontrolled or badly sited bonfire sites can also put a strain on the emergency services. We advise everyone to stay safe and stick to supervised bonfires and fireworks displays.”

Fire services across Scotland are expecting Thursday to be the start of a very busy weekend.  In Glasgow a man was admitted to hospital for smoke inhalation after a firework went through the open window of his flat. 

Fire crews in Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire came under attack from local youths as they tried to extinguish a fire, nobody was injured.

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue responded to over 600 calls last night. Four times higher than their average.

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