I am slightly addicted to watching Twitter tonight. This is because you can see side by side the good and bad from Bonfire Night. I have to confess that I am not a lover of bonfires and fireworks, and this is something that comes from my childhood. Now that I have a horse I worry about him during the evening of bangs and whizzes. I have good reason to worry I have known horses that have suffered stress related injuries and illnesses linked to Bonfire Night.
So I decided to ignore the noise outside and start to focus on what was happening on social media. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are running a log throughout the night of the incidents they are called to. It includes lots of small and malicious fires that are being started as well as the large scale fires.
For every tweet that is being posted by people enjoying fireworks at home or out at organised displays there are comments about problems being caused. People can be quite selfish on 5th November. They don’t think about the implications of their actions on others whether that is messing about with fireworks or putting bonfires far too close to homes.
An example of the tweets includes:
21.03 – Car fire on Orient Street in Salford. Reports of people putting fireworks into a car which is now on fire. #treacle2016