Fireworks may deliver more fizz than bang with some of the country in for wet weather this Guy Fawkes night.
Senior Fire Risk Management Officer Mike McEnaney said the rain forecast tonight may force people to delay their fireworks evening, extending the firework season to the weekend.
He said he wanted people to enjoy their evening but stay safe.
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“Make sure you have a hose or a bucket of water or sand nearby. Don’t let young kids near the fireworks and drugs or alcohol and fireworks are not a good mix.”
He said the Fire Service had attended 40 fireworks related incidents since they went on sale on Sunday.
“We will see an increase tonight and over the weekend of incidents associated with fireworks.”
He said he had no knowledge of serious injuries or serious structural fires from fireworks.
The public had made many inquiries about the sale of fireworks from street-side vendors, Mr McEnaney said.
“They’re definitely getting hard to monitor. We want to make sure that if they’re going to sell them that they have the right information.”
He said vendors often move locations before Fire Service has a chance to catch up with them.
One report was of people selling fireworks out of a container and letting them off nearby to attract customers.
The fire risk was huge, Mr McEnaney said, given the container was full of fireworks.
He said the Fire Service hoped next year fireworks would be restricted to only public displays.
“They’re safe, well-organised and controlled. We generally don’t have too many problems with them.”
Most of the country would find showers became heavier in the afternoon but less frequent later in the evening.
Fireworks fans postponing their pyrotechnics until weekend may have better luck when the forecast was for fine weather right around the country.
Anzac Park, Palmerston North
â€¢ Treetech Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular
New Brighton Beach, Christchurch City
â€¢ Fireworks Display
Te Kawau Rugby Grounds, Rongotea
Nov 7, 7.30pm
â€¢ Starlight Cinema Fireworks Extravaganza
Owen Delany Park, Taupo
Nov 7, 5.30pm
â€¢ Lions Community Fireworks Display
Solway Showgrounds, Masterton
Nov 7, 6.30pm
â€¢ Motukarara Fireworks Display
Motukarara Domain, Banks Peninsula
Nov 8, 5.30pm
â€¢ Whangarei Lions Clubs Fireworks Spectacular
Northland Events Centre (Toll Stadium), Whangarei
Nov 8, 6.00pm
â€¢ Jukes Carriers Gisborne Guy Fawkes Fireworks Spectacular
Eastland Group Raceway, Gisborne
Nov 8, 7.00pm
â€¢ Fireworks Spectacular
Massey Park, Auckland
Nov 14, 6.30pm
– NZ Herald, NZME