Safety warning after stray firework sets alight wheelie bins

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service today issued a safety warning ahead of Bonfire Night following two separate incidents over the weekend where stray fireworks caused fires.

The first incident involved a stray firework setting fire to some dry leaves at a property in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday (October 30). The fire then spread to adjacent wheelie bins and subsequently the conservatory.

In Upper Cambourne, a crew from Papworth was called to a plastic manhole cover on fire in Beaufort Road on Sunday evening. Again the fire was caused by a stray firework.

Pete Jones, Arson Liaison Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “I don’t want to dampen people’s parties but by far the safest option is to go to a public, organised event.

“However we appreciate that people do have their own displays at home. It is important to ensure the right safety precautions are taken. For example following the safety instructions that come with the fireworks and making sure the area around the fireworks is kept clear.

“It is also important to be mindful of general combustibles and where they are. Don’t leave them stacked against the house and make sure they are kept under cover.”

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