Fire ban on fireworks

LETTER

What a great job the fire brigade and chopper pilots did on the Kaiti Hill fire. What a disaster this would have been had it got out of control.

When GDC puts a fire ban on why does this not include fireworks? With the dry conditions and long dry grass this is not an “if it happens” situation but a “when it happens” one. Does someone have to lose their house or maybe their life through this?

Fireworks still go off every night, sometimes very late at night and even in the middle of the day. What’s the sense? I think fireworks should be included in the fire ban.

Don Beattie

Response from GDC Management:

The total fire ban in the region now includes domestic fireworks. Domestic fireworks weren’t initially considered to be an issue but this assessment has been changed after discussions with other councils, complaints from Gisborne people and recent incidents in Whangarei and Makorori Beach.

Like other councils we did not realise the number of people who buy fireworks to let off all year round.

The current fire risk in the region is at an extreme level so we advise people to call 111 if they see or hear people lighting fireworks.

People letting off fireworks may face prosecution for breaching the fire ban and if their fireworks start a fire they may be liable for costs to put the fire out.

What a great job the fire brigade and chopper pilots did on the Kaiti Hill fire. What a disaster this would have been had it got out of control.

When GDC puts a fire ban on why does this not include fireworks? With the dry conditions and long dry grass this is not an “if it happens” situation but a “when it happens” one. Does someone have to lose their house or maybe their life through this?

Fireworks still go off every night, sometimes very late at night and even in the middle of the day. What’s the sense? I think fireworks should be included in the fire ban.

Don Beattie

Response from GDC Management:

The total fire ban in the region now includes domestic fireworks. Domestic fireworks weren’t initially considered to be an issue but this assessment has been changed after discussions with other councils, complaints from Gisborne people and recent incidents in Whangarei and Makorori Beach.

Like other councils we did not realise the number of people who buy fireworks to let off all year round.

The current fire risk in the region is at an extreme level so we advise people to call 111 if they see or hear people lighting fireworks.

People letting off fireworks may face prosecution for breaching the fire ban and if their fireworks start a fire they may be liable for costs to put the fire out.

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