Bonfire Night Round-up

Published 6th Nov 2021

Thank you everyone for another fairly quiet bonfire night throughout York and North Yorkshire. We’re hoping for a quiet night tonight too. If you’re having your own fireworks display this evening please follow our safety tips below, or better yet go to an organised display.

  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyablebright fireworks in the dark sky
  • Only buy fireworks which have the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators

If you’re having a bonfire:

  • Check for hedgehogs and other wildlife before lighting your bonfire.
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Don’t build bonfires close to trees, hedges or sheds.
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended.
  • Make sure that the bonfire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving
Firework/Bonfire related incidents from 5th November 2021

02:22 Catterick Garrison- building fire

Crews from Colburn and Richmond attended a fire to furniture stored within a garage believed to have been caused by a stray firework.

17:39  Whinny Hagg Lane, Hambleton, Selby- small fire in open

A crew from Selby used a hose reel jet to extinguish a bonfire that was too large

20:28 East Row car park, Sandsend, Whitby- small fire in open

A crew from Whitby used a hose reel jet to extinguish a rubbish/bin fire caused by fireworks being set off next to rubbish

21:24 Bankhead, Knaresborough- small fire in open

A crew from Knaresborough used a hose reel to extinguish a fire to a small area of hedge and a wheelie bin, caused by a stray firework.

21:48 Kingsway North, York- false alarm

A crew from Acomb attended reports of a bonfire being relit. On their arrival they found the remains of an organised bonfire with only ash remaining. No action required.

22:56 Area of A684, Bainbridge-small fire in open

A crew from Hawes used knapsack sprayers and beaters to extinguish the remains of a bonfire