In the first 24 hours of fireworks being on sale, fire crews across New Zealand have responded to at least 26 fires, several of them significant.
Fire crews are on high alert and are disappointed with the behaviour they’ve seen since fireworks went on sale on Friday morning. There were 26 fireworks related callouts in 24 hours around the country, which FENZ fire risk management officer Wayne Hamilton says isn’t good enough.
“It acts as a toll on the public, because the volunteers are volunteers – and so they are out there giving up their time, giving up their Saturday night to put out a fire that didn’t need to occur.”
Dee Hunter runs the ‘Ban the Boom NZ’ Facebook group, which calls for changes to the legislation around fireworks.
She says none of the issues over the last 24 hours would have happened if the laws around the sale and distribution of fireworks were amended.
Fire crews are bracing themselves for a couple more busy nights.
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