Rain makes for a trouble-free night

By Roger Moroney

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Rain put a dampener on the fireworks' plans of many last night, with Hawke's Bay fire crews reporting a non-eventful Guy Fawkes.

Those who did brave the drizzle used safe practice, causing no hassle.

A distinct lack of trouble could be put down to harsher legislation and better education, Hastings Fire Service Senior Station officer Scott Gray said.

"So far we have not been out, it's not over yet though, people tend to let them off for about a week afterwards.

"It all depends but we were lucky enough that we have not seen any problems this year. It's getting a lot more civilised than it used to be."

Napier Fire Service also noted a quiet evening across the board.

"Nothing has happened, it's been absolutely dead," Senior Station Officer Bryan Duphy said. "This year I would say it has been good and the call numbers reflect that."

A fire in a roadside drain at Meeanee last Saturday night appears to have been ignited by fireworks let off by members of the public.

There were suggestions it may have been started from sparks from the spectacular display at the nearby speedway track but one of the event organisers said it was spotted, and dealt with, 15 minutes before the display.

Staff at the speedway used a hand-held extinguisher to put it out before fire crews arrived.

A spokesperson for East Coast Fireworks confirmed the fire had broken out before the big display started. "We heard someone had been setting fireworks off earlier up the road."

The fire was quickly put out and there was no damage to property.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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