November 10, 2006

Ban Private Fireworks

I want this banned. No question.

Where are the "ooos" and "ahhs" at home?
Over the last 5 years, its progressively gone from "well, that was fun" to "hmmm, sorry that one didnt work", to "I really can't be bothered" to "I may as well burn a $50 note. No thanks".

I would much rather attend a public display with my friends and extended family for a night watching the creme of pyrotechnics and fireworks shot into the air. It will be cheaper, safer, and much more satisfying - especially if I get away with bringing in a nice bottle of bubbles, a picnic blanket and a couple of cushions.

The Herald made a poo-poo as well.
2006 Headline:
Record Guy Fawkes for fire service
12.40pm Monday November 6, 2006

The Fire Service dealt with a record number of call-outs during the 10-day Guy Fawkes sale period this year.

Preliminary figures released today show there were 1729 fires across New Zealand between October 27 and November 5, compared with 1632 over the same period last year.

2005 Headline:
Guy Fawkes 'worst in 10 years'
24.11.05 11.50am

This year's Guy Fawkes was the worst in 10 years for the emergency services.

Police and the fire service were called out nearly 2000 times in the 10-day period when fireworks were legally for sale - October 27 to November 5.

In all there were 1867 fires, up 70 per cent on 2004 and the highest number since sky rockets were banned following a disastrous Guy Fawkes Day in 1994.