East Lancashire firefighters under attack as they deal with 100 Bonfire Night calls

Lancashire Telegraph: DANGER Firefighters attending bonfires were attacked in Larkhill and Robinson Street areas of Blackburn DANGER Firefighters attending bonfires were attacked in Larkhill and Robinson Street areas of Blackburn

FIREFIGHTERS in East Lancashire had their busiest night of the year responding to almost 100 call-outs.

Crews from Nelson, Burnley, Rawtenstall, Hyndburn, Blackburn, Darwen and Chorley were called out constantly to deal with reports of uncontrolled bonfires and youths throwing fireworks on to fires.

Hyndburn fire station was busiest station, with 25 calls between 5pm on Saturday and 7am Sunday.

Crews in Burnley responded to 20 calls, Nelson 10, and Rawtenstall just 6.

On a normal evening fire stations deal with just a handful of calls across the area.

In Blackburn, teenagers fired large firework rockets at firefighters as they fought out-of-control bonfires.

Groups of ‘feral’ youths launched the missiles at fire crews as they attempted to put out fires causing a risk to nearby residents and buildings.

Blackburn crew manager Caroline Sturgess said her team had come under attack at the majority of their 24 call outs during the night.

The catalogue of attacks included:

  • Dozens of fireworks being pelted in the direction of fire crews
  • A fireman being hit in the leg with a firework
  • Verbal abuse from parents allowing unsupervised children to jump on a mattress on the top a lit bonfire
  • Teenagers throwing fireworks on to bonfires surrounded by unsuspecting spectators

Mrs Sturgess said: “Teenagers in Blackburn were completely feral on Saturday.

“A lot of them were carrying rucksacks full of fireworks and they were just setting them off wherever they felt like it.

“We were called out about 24 times throughout the night and I would say that on at least 60 per cent of those shouts we came under attack.

“There were large groups made up of around 10 to 12 teenagers launching rocket type fireworks at us and on to bonfires surrounded by innocent people.

“One of my firefighters was even hit in the leg with a firework, but luckily he was protected by his uniform.

“The fire service is not about ruining people’s fun, we only put out bonfires that were causing a serious risk to nearby buildings or ones that were not supervised by an adult.

“We were very lucky there was nobody seriously injured with the amount of fireworks that were being misused.”

One incident saw firefighters verbally abused by parents after they spotted children as young as nine jumping on a mattress on top of a lit bonfire in Shorrock Lane, Blackburn.

Fire crews from Darwen also came under attack as they responded to a job close to Larkhill Medical centre, in Mount Pleasant, Blackburn, after teenagers disagreed that an unsupervised bonfire was getting too close to the building.

Darwen watch manager Lee Cook said: “A number of youths set fire to a bonfire close to Larkhill Medical centre.

“They did not like our decision to put it out because it was getting too close to the building and they started launching fireworks at us.

“Luckily we were able to squirt water at the fireworks to divert their path.”

Firefighters also became moving targets in Robinson Street, Little Harwood, as youths tried to hit them with fireworks.

Police Community Support Officers were called in Burnley after a number of teens carrying bottles of booze turned up in Brownside Road to watch the Thornton Arms' organised fireworks display from over the wall.

A spokesman at the Thornton Arms said: “We had around 1,000 people turn up for Bonfire Night and we were only expecting 500.

“A number of kids turned up drunk in the earlier part of the night but with help from the police we managed to get rid of them.

“I can assure you all the fireworks were set off on time.

"Unfortunately, though a group of lads in their 20s started fighting late on in the evening and one of my female staff got hit in the face while trying to split up the fight.”

Vandals also failed to spoil the firework fun at Huntley’s Farm, Samlesbury, after setting the bonfire alight at 5am on Satuday.

Farmer Eddie Cowpe said: “There was 300 tons of timber on the bonfire, so it will take a few days to burn anyway.”

Firefighters in Nelson spent an hour fighting a deliberate blaze at Pendle Council’s Fleet Street depot after a large number of new wheelie bins were set alight shortly after 10.15pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said many people reported supervised bonfires as uncontrolled, and it was “only those in inappropriate areas or those close to buildings" that were extinguished.

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10:57am Mon 7 Nov 11

Shane says...

Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.
Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted. Shane

11:04am Mon 7 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

Shane wrote:
Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.
I see what you're doing here Shaney-boy. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Shane[/bold] wrote: Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.[/p][/quote]I see what you're doing here Shaney-boy. ;) happycyclist

11:09am Mon 7 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

I don't understand how we got to this situation from 30 years ago, when every bit of spare land had a bonfire and the fire brigade were fine with that; when 'gang' meant a group of kids who lived near each other and felt defensive of their patch (and their bonfires).

I blame Labour.
I don't understand how we got to this situation from 30 years ago, when every bit of spare land had a bonfire and the fire brigade were fine with that; when 'gang' meant a group of kids who lived near each other and felt defensive of their patch (and their bonfires). I blame Labour. happycyclist

11:48am Mon 7 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

stop getting all excited firegirls when you see a fire.... you dont have to squirt every time you see one....
stop getting all excited firegirls when you see a fire.... you dont have to squirt every time you see one.... Lifeinthemix

1:04pm Mon 7 Nov 11

brfcianbrfc says...

Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.
Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved. brfcianbrfc

1:48pm Mon 7 Nov 11

NUMBER5 says...

brfcianbrfc wrote:
Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.
I couldn't agree more. Every year fireworks fall in to the hands of yobs and innocent people and animals get hurt. Firemen risk their lives to protect us and this is the level of respect they get for doing so. Turn the hose on the scumbags! Wonder if the parents who were shouting abuse would have been so abusive if their scroat bag kids had actually set on fire whilst jumping on the mattress?! Beggars belief the mentality of some people!
[quote][p][bold]brfcianbrfc[/bold] wrote: Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. Every year fireworks fall in to the hands of yobs and innocent people and animals get hurt. Firemen risk their lives to protect us and this is the level of respect they get for doing so. Turn the hose on the scumbags! Wonder if the parents who were shouting abuse would have been so abusive if their scroat bag kids had actually set on fire whilst jumping on the mattress?! Beggars belief the mentality of some people! NUMBER5

1:53pm Mon 7 Nov 11

AnthonyUK says...

NUMBER5 wrote:
brfcianbrfc wrote: Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.
I couldn't agree more. Every year fireworks fall in to the hands of yobs and innocent people and animals get hurt. Firemen risk their lives to protect us and this is the level of respect they get for doing so. Turn the hose on the scumbags! Wonder if the parents who were shouting abuse would have been so abusive if their scroat bag kids had actually set on fire whilst jumping on the mattress?! Beggars belief the mentality of some people!
The govt won't ban fireworks!
[quote][p][bold]NUMBER5[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brfcianbrfc[/bold] wrote: Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more. Every year fireworks fall in to the hands of yobs and innocent people and animals get hurt. Firemen risk their lives to protect us and this is the level of respect they get for doing so. Turn the hose on the scumbags! Wonder if the parents who were shouting abuse would have been so abusive if their scroat bag kids had actually set on fire whilst jumping on the mattress?! Beggars belief the mentality of some people![/p][/quote]The govt won't ban fireworks! AnthonyUK

1:54pm Mon 7 Nov 11

AnthonyUK says...

brfcianbrfc wrote:
Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.
Killjoy!
[quote][p][bold]brfcianbrfc[/bold] wrote: Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]Killjoy! AnthonyUK

2:00pm Mon 7 Nov 11

will12 says...

They would "cull" animal's for doing such things, just because it has the make of a "human" doesan't mean it is one, so "cull" em all, is what I say, that would also mean 86,000 empty places in our Jail's !!!!

Ee-by-eck, that sounds like a rum idea !!!! Shame there are too many do-gooders in Society today !!!!
They would "cull" animal's for doing such things, just because it has the make of a "human" doesan't mean it is one, so "cull" em all, is what I say, that would also mean 86,000 empty places in our Jail's !!!! Ee-by-eck, that sounds like a rum idea !!!! Shame there are too many do-gooders in Society today !!!! will12

2:17pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Burnleyboy38 says...

Shane wrote:
Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.
wanna know summat SICKER
[quote][p][bold]Shane[/bold] wrote: Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.[/p][/quote]wanna know summat SICKER Burnleyboy38

2:19pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Burnleyboy38 says...

**** it took what i sed away...........


the old lady had to sell up n move cos she felt unsafe anymore SAD !!!!!!!
**** it took what i sed away........... the old lady had to sell up n move cos she felt unsafe anymore SAD !!!!!!! Burnleyboy38

2:29pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Mothernature says...

I despair of today's society. So much negativity and hatred towards those who risk their lives for our sakes.
I despair of today's society. So much negativity and hatred towards those who risk their lives for our sakes. Mothernature

3:18pm Mon 7 Nov 11

retired one says...

They should turn the hoses onto these louts.
They should turn the hoses onto these louts. retired one

4:11pm Mon 7 Nov 11

AnthonyUK says...

The police should have arrested and charged the parents being abusive to the fire brigade at the bonfire where the kids were jumping on the mattress in the flames;would they be of same mind had their children had been badly burned in the process?
The police should have arrested and charged the parents being abusive to the fire brigade at the bonfire where the kids were jumping on the mattress in the flames;would they be of same mind had their children had been badly burned in the process? AnthonyUK

4:53pm Mon 7 Nov 11

HelmshoreBoy says...

Shane,

they would be looking for someone else to blame, so they could claim compensation.
Shane, they would be looking for someone else to blame, so they could claim compensation. HelmshoreBoy

7:26pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Good call says...

Why are people saying "ban fireworks,ban fireworks" have a guess what would happen then just like with prohibition in 1930s USA,criminals would supply them,leading to poor quality and dangerous being bought which would increase the number of injurys.Some people on here are right sheeple Baaah,Baaah....
Why are people saying "ban fireworks,ban fireworks" have a guess what would happen then just like with prohibition in 1930s USA,criminals would supply them,leading to poor quality and dangerous being bought which would increase the number of injurys.Some people on here are right sheeple Baaah,Baaah.... Good call

7:33pm Mon 7 Nov 11

ex fusilier says...

Shane wrote:
Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.
my sentiments entirely. well said shane.
[quote][p][bold]Shane[/bold] wrote: Again as per previous story in regards to the 96 year old who was ripped off by a con woman what is going on. It 's about time the police got out the batons and start beating the living **** out of these morons without fear of being prosecuted.[/p][/quote]my sentiments entirely. well said shane. ex fusilier

7:38pm Mon 7 Nov 11

Good call says...

Good call wrote:
Why are people saying "ban fireworks,ban fireworks" have a guess what would happen then just like with prohibition in 1930s USA,criminals would supply them,leading to poor quality and dangerous being bought which would increase the number of injurys.Some people on here are right sheeple Baaah,Baaah....
Correction,prohibiti
on started in the 1920s and ended in 1933
[quote][p][bold]Good call[/bold] wrote: Why are people saying "ban fireworks,ban fireworks" have a guess what would happen then just like with prohibition in 1930s USA,criminals would supply them,leading to poor quality and dangerous being bought which would increase the number of injurys.Some people on here are right sheeple Baaah,Baaah....[/p][/quote]Correction,prohibiti on started in the 1920s and ended in 1933 Good call

4:02pm Tue 8 Nov 11

woolywords says...

brfcianbrfc wrote:
Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.
All well and good, in theory, except if you live in Oban, where a whole 30 minute display went off, in around 80 seconds.

On a more serious note, I would have no objections at all if the firefighters turned a hose on the 'feral' packs.
During my Army days, we were subjected to water cannon, just so we knew what we doing and to give the others a bit of a laugh. They weren't laughing we had our turn.
Even a scruffy old Green Goddess can give you a real belt at 100ft pressure.
An accidental overshoot has to be recorded though, when people are hit.
Parents of said children are welcome to complain, as all fire appliances carry CCTV cameras now.
Go on Trumpton, give 'em some, my Son.
[quote][p][bold]brfcianbrfc[/bold] wrote: Stop selling them and only allow organised displays which are much better anyway. Problem solved.[/p][/quote]All well and good, in theory, except if you live in Oban, where a whole 30 minute display went off, in around 80 seconds. On a more serious note, I would have no objections at all if the firefighters turned a hose on the 'feral' packs. During my Army days, we were subjected to water cannon, just so we knew what we doing and to give the others a bit of a laugh. They weren't laughing we had our turn. Even a scruffy old Green Goddess can give you a real belt at 100ft pressure. An accidental overshoot has to be recorded though, when people are hit. Parents of said children are welcome to complain, as all fire appliances carry CCTV cameras now. Go on Trumpton, give 'em some, my Son. woolywords

11:04pm Tue 8 Nov 11

Ronnietate says...

In most other countries attacking firefighters is unheard of, but if it did happen they would turn the hoses on the attackers without hesitation. The police would then pick up anybody who is soaking wet. As for the kids on the mattress, on the bonfire, with parents firing abuse at the firefighters! They would be immediately removed from their parents custody and put into a foster home. It's about time the British government got real!
In most other countries attacking firefighters is unheard of, but if it did happen they would turn the hoses on the attackers without hesitation. The police would then pick up anybody who is soaking wet. As for the kids on the mattress, on the bonfire, with parents firing abuse at the firefighters! They would be immediately removed from their parents custody and put into a foster home. It's about time the British government got real! Ronnietate

6:16pm Wed 9 Nov 11

BIGGLESTOE says...

Give fire fighters Stun guns and plentiful supply of sparklers to shove far up the scum parents Jacksie's, Then engage their children's interest by asking them to light the sparkler and watch their parents bounce around until they drown the firework with their own personal extinguisher!! Well sorted
Give fire fighters Stun guns and plentiful supply of sparklers to shove far up the scum parents Jacksie's, Then engage their children's interest by asking them to light the sparkler and watch their parents bounce around until they drown the firework with their own personal extinguisher!! Well sorted BIGGLESTOE

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