Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Biggest Bonfire Night Celebrations in Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Biggest Bonfire Night Celebrations in Years

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Byline: Lucy Osborne

THE number of Guy Fawkes bonfires is due to be the biggest for five years because the event falls on a weekend, according to the London Fire Brigade.

Tomorrow will be the first weekend Bonfire Night since 2006, when there were 1,545 calls to the brigade, averaging one a minute, and crews attended a record number of call-outs.

With family admission to many of London's public fireworks displays costing [pounds sterling]10 or more, and some council events -- including those at Haringey and Lambeth -- axed because of budget cuts, many people will have no choice but to stage their own at home.

"We are concerned that this year could be the worst in five years," said the brigade, which will hold a live "Twitterthon" tomorrow from 4pm until midnight, with alerts on the number of incidents. London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said the aim was to "shock people into acting more safely".

Among the most common causes of problems are bonfires built too close to homes, sheds and fences; large fireworks in small spaces, and fireworks that don't go off properly. …

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