The Fire Service reported a relatively quiet night after the
first day of fireworks going on sale, but say some fires were
started because not enough care was being taken with the
South Island fire crews attended nine small fires overnight
caused by people not properly using the fireworks, southern
fire communications shift manager Daryl Ball said.
"Not saying they are being used in a dangerous fashion, but
some had fallen over and fired off sideways and not straight
up in the air."
In general, the service was "pretty happy" with people's
behaviour around fireworks, he said.
"But maybe a little more due diligence required - if it
carries on the way it is then we should be in for a good Guy
The four-day period for fireworks to be sold began yesterday.
By the numbers:
* Last year ACC recorded 445 claims nationwide - of which
about 285 were for burns.
* About 213 claims were for injuries that happened between
November 2 and 5, when fireworks were on sale.
* The total national cost to date of firework-related claims
received in 2012 was about $191,785.
- Rebecca Quilliam of APNZ