Caution urged over fireworks celebrations as firefighters go on strike (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Caution urged over fireworks celebrations as firefighters go on strike
Fire brigades are urging residents to postpone any firework displays in their gardens this weekend or to go to an organised event as firefighters go on strike in a row over pensions.
London Fire Brigade said today was likely to be one of the busiest days of the year for the fire service, ahead of Guy Fawkes Night and Diwali celebrations, and urged people to attend organised displays.
A spokesman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service called on people not to put themselves at risk by lighting fireworks and bonfires as only serious emergencies will be attended to by a contingency fire and rescue service during the strike.
The Fire Brigade Union has said it has timed the strikes so that celebrations on Bonfire Night and the Saturdays before and after November 5 - the most popular times for firework displays - can take place.
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