Fire engine attacked with fireworks in Harehills and two more Bonfire Night fire crew attacks in West Yorkshire

There were three separate attacks on fire engines across West Yorkshire on Bonfire Night.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 12:56 pm
Fire crews were attacked (stock)

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service received over 500 calls on Bonfire Night between 5pm and 1am the next morning.

In total the Fire Service attended 149 incidents across West Yorkshire – with 66 of those incidents being bonfire related (note, not all calls require an attendance, some are duplicates, and in some cases advice can be given).

There were three separate attacks on fire engines in Bradford, Keighley and the Harehills area of Leeds. Fortunately there were no injuries reported.

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Tactical Commander for the Bonfire period, Benjy Bush said: “The majority of people celebrated safely however there were unfortunately some incidents of reckless behaviour with fireworks across West Yorkshire including attacks on fire engines which we condemn.

“The level of attacks has been fewer than in some recent years – but any attack on our crews who are working hard to keep the public safe is one too many.

“However, what we’d really like to focus on is the vast majority of the public who celebrated safely, whether it was attending an organised bonfire or hosting small celebrations at home. We would also like to thank our partner agencies, community volunteers and community leaders who have pulled together supporting us around the bonfire period.

“As usual Bonfire Night has been one of our busiest nights of the year – and I’d like to pay tribute to our staff who worked really hard to keep people safe and quickly deal with any fires that got out of control.”

Where the attacks happened

Banstead Park, Harehills – Fireworks attack on fire engine

Redcliffe Street, Keighley – Fireworks attack on fire engine

Rugby Place, Lidget Green, Bradford – Fireworks attack on fire engine