Fireworks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2005
Reference: 
2005/2314
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Have you (via LFEPA and the MPS) collected figures on firework related accidents and incidents caused by the abuse of fireworks during and in the approach to this year's celebrations?

Answer

Answer for Fireworks

Answer for Fireworks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The following table gives MPS figures for offences where a firework was involved for from the start of October to 15 November.

Major Category Minor Category Total Burglary Burglary in Other Buildings 1 Criminal Damage Criminal Damage To a Dwelling 95 Criminal Damage To M/V 14 Criminal Damage To Other Bldg 23 Other Criminal Damage 25 Drugs Possession Of Drugs 1 Other Notifiable Offences Other Notifiable 1 Robbery Personal Property 2 Theft and Handling Handling Stolen Goods 1 Theft From M/V 2 Violence Against the Person ABH 13 Common Assault 6 GBH 3 Harassment 9 Other Violence 1 Total 197

LFEPA informs me that in relation to incidents attended, on 4 November 2005, 838 emergency calls were received. On 5 November 2005, nearly 1,400 emergency calls were received, 95 per cent being answered within 10 seconds. Peak activity was between 17:00 and 23:30 when 850 calls were received, and around 50 incidents simultaneously attended. On Sunday 6 November, 744 emergency calls were received.The extent of data collection varies with the type of fire. For fires involving property (primary fires) a 'source of ignition' is recorded but for 'secondary' fires (which includes such things as refuse fires and bonfires out of control) it is not. Additionally, fireworks are now used in relation to a wide number of events spreading out the time period in which they are generally available.