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'Hostile' Fire crews attacked with fireworks in two incidents on Halloween

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service dealt with a 22% increase in emergency calls and responses on Saturday night.

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Fireworks (stock)

Fireworks (stock)

Fire crews in Northern Ireland were attacked with fireworks and missiles during two separate incidents on Halloween night.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue reported a more than 20% increase in emergency calls and responses on Saturday night despite strict Covid-19 public health measures being in place across the region.

Crews dealt with hostile members of the public throwing missiles, including fireworks, as they responded to two calls. Crew members were forced to withdraw for “safety reasons” at one of the incidents. Nobody was injured.

A spokesman for the service said it received 83 emergency calls and responded to a total of 62 incidents between 6pm on Saturday and 1am on Sunday. This equates to a 22% increase on the same period last year.

Eighteen of these incidents were bonfire-related.

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