Fireworks Night 2021 – Chaos after rioters storm central London & launch fireworks at cops as event continue TONIGHT

LAST night, shocking scenes saw fireworks being launched at police as hundreds of anti-Government protesters descended on the streets of London.

Anarchists took to Parliament Square donning Guy Fawkes masks and setting off flares during the annual Million Mask March.

A dozen people were arrested during the protest and eight officers were injured, police confirmed, calling the actions by rioters "unacceptable".

In the footage, posted to Twitter, police are seen clashing with protesters as fireworks spiral into the crowd.

The Met Police confirmed bystanders were "struck" by fireworks and warned of "very serious injuries".

Read our Bonfire Night live blog below for the very latest updates…

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    Bonfire Night hack – Dog lover reveals cheap way to keep pets calm in fireworks

    PET owners hoping to keep animals calm are being advised not to "overact" by a vet as a dog lover shares a simple hack to help ahead of Bonfire Night.

    Dawn Holmes came up with one unconventional method to soothe dogs scared of loud bangs after seeing her dog Hosay become unsettled as fireworks exploded across the Rhuddlan skies in Wales.

    Desperate to comfort her beloved canine, she created a special headpiece using a pair of thick tights and cotton wool.

    She said: "I thought there has got to be an inexpensive solution."

    In a video posted to social media, Dawn explains how to get the invention to not fall off while demonstrating on Hosay.

    She carefully places the cotton wool beneath the dog's ears and then wraps the tights around its head.

    The real trick is getting the headpiece to stay on long enough for the pet to benefit from it, but Dawn urges anyone who tries it at home to be optimistic.

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    A 'windy evening' for Brits at Bonfire Night events

    BBC meteorologist Matt Taylor this morning warned of a "windy evening" ahead as he braced Brits heading to firework events later today.

    He told BBC Breakfast: "If you are off to any fireworks tonight, it will be a windy evening.

    "Strong winds will continue to pick up across parts of Scotland, and there will be heavy showers as well."

    The forecaster added that things will turn "increasingly windy", especially later today and into tonight.

    The presenter explained: "We have an area of low pressure moving in from the north, bringing the strengthening winds through the day.

    "Some of the strongest winds on Sunday will be early doors. We could see them touch 60 to 70mph across the north and west of Scotland."

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    ‘My son lost his EYE by a stray firework on Bonfire Night’

    A MUM whose son lost an eye after he was hit in the face with a firework has begged spectators to wear goggles while celebrating Bonfire Night.

    Tyler Norris-Sayers, 15, was at an organised display when a stray rocket exploded in his face, causing his devastating injury.

    The teen may now need a prosthetic eye after his treatment stopped when the country went into lockdown in March 2020 due to Covid, his mum Nicola fears.

    And the 43-year-old is now urging people to wear protective eyewear and clothes to prevent the same thing happening to other families after a five-year ordeal.

    She said: “We have had full confirmation that his eye is lost and that they cannot do anymore to save his sight.

    “This was probably due to the lack of treatment during the pandemic as the focus seemed to be solely on Covid.”

    Read the article in full here.

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    How to protect cats during firework season

    For cats the loud bangs of fireworks can sound like the end of the world, so here is the best advice for trying to keep them happier and calmer on Bonfire Night.

    • Provide hiding places in your home, such as under some furniture or in a quiet corner.
    • Don’t try and tempt your cat out, as this will cause them to become more stressed.
    • Consider keeping them in – cats can become more stressed if they’re outside during fireworks.
    • Microchip your cats in case they’re startled and escape outside.

    Set off fireworks too early & risk a £5k fine

    On Bonfire Night, November 5, you can set off fireworks until midnight.

    And, on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year fireworks are allowed up until 1am.

    Outside of these dates, you cannot set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am.

    You can be fined up to £5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months for selling or using fireworks illegally.

    You could also get an on-the-spot fine of £90 if you’re caught setting off fireworks at the wrong time.

    The best bonfires in the East of England

    Cambridge Bonfire Night, – November 5

    Fireworks Fantasia and Halloween Spooktacular, Peterborough – November 6

    Farm Fun & Family Fireworks at Mead Open Farm, Billington, Bedfordshire – November 6

    Ipswich Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6

    Hunstanton Fireworks Display, Norfolk – November 6

    Don’t play with fire

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service have released a video warning of the dangers of garden fires and how they could even result in prison time.

    In Derbyshire, firefighters were called out to 225 garden fires in this last year, with calls for fire-related incidents increasing substantially around Bonfire Night.

    Steve Ratcliffe, station manager, told Derbyshire Live: “We have seen an increase in garden fires across the whole county.

    “It has been quite a considerable increase and there has been a number of factors behind them. Lockdown through COVID has led a lot more people to be at home and a lot more people to tack garden jobs at home.”

    How to protect your fluffy best friend

    The RSPCA have information on how you can reduce the risk of stress to your beloved pet this Bonfire night.

    They suggest taking your pet out for a walk during the day to avoid stressing them with an evening walk.

    It will also be a good idea to put on the TV or music to drown out the sound of the loud fireworks.

    Fireworks are divided into categories

    If handled incorrectly fireworks can be extremely dangerous and that is why they are categorised based on their safety.

    Category 1s are fireworks which can be handled by children with adult supervision. Examples can include everything from party poppers and Christmas crackers to sparklers.

    Category 2 or 3 fireworks are the standard fireworks you would see in displays such as standard rockets.

    It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy, handle or set up category 2 or 3 fireworks.

    Category 4s are the dangerous types which can only be used by the professionals. These are banned for sale to the general public and can only be bought from specialist retailers.

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      Big-screen TV replaces fireworks

      WOKE firework display organisers have axed the bonfire at a Guy Fawkes bash — and replaced it with a giant telly showing a blaze.

      Sparklers are also banned at the event, with adverts claiming the changes will be better for the environment.

      But there will at least still be fireworks to brighten the night.

      It will be the first time the traditional festivities have taken place without a real fire at Dulwich Sports Club in the wealthy and wokest corner of South East London.

      Up to 7,000 people usually go to the display run by the private club.

      An advert for the display reads: “This year the event is ‘Going Green’ with an eco-friendly virtual Bonfire on the Big Screen.”

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      Silence is golden

      Love the sight of fireworks but hate the noise?

      You may want to consider lobbying your local council to adopt silent sparklers as one Italian town did.

      According to Lonely Planet, Collecchio in the province of Parma, banned noisy fireworks due to concerns about the local fireworks in 2015.

      Fortunately, an Italian company – Setti Fireworks – was on hand and specialising in making SILENT fireworks.

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      Who invented fireworks?

      Fireworks are incredibly ancient – they were first used in China during the Song dynasty between 960 and 1279.

      Firework making was a respected skill and the first rockets were made from rolled sheets of paper containing gunpowder and a fuse.

      Knowledge of the technique gradually drifted west as Arab explorers began moving east in the Middle Ages and bringing the knowledge back.

      Fireworks were first recorded in Europe by the late 14th century and became popular during the 17th century – just in time for Guy Fawkes’ night.

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      Scarred for life

      A boy scarred for life after a firework accident when he was little has spoke out about to warn others about protecting children near displays.

      Ben McCabe, 14, said medics are continuing to treat injuries to his chest, neck and right arm with skin grafts TEN YEARS after he suffered third degree burns from a stray rocket.

      He spoke out about the horror at a family gathering as he urged others to attend organised Bonfire Night displays.

      Ben, of Cumbernauld, said: “If there isn’t one on, think twice about the risks of a home display.

      “A few moments of excitement can have a lifetime of consequences.

      “I’ve had multiple ops with more to come and need regular treatments to keep my skin supple.”

      Alasdair Perry, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We are appealing to the public to attend organised events rather than do-it-yourself fireworks displays.”

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      Is it illegal to use fireworks?

      It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy, handle or set up an firework more powerful than a sparkler.

      It is also illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except on special occasions.

      Bonfire Night is one of the exceptions were fireworks can be used till midnight.

      For New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year the cut off is 1am.

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      Can I let off fireworks on my rented property?

      Tenancy agreements often prohibit bonfires or fireworks, so check your agreement or ask your landlord if you are unsure.

      It is legal for a landlord to ban the use of fireworks in a tenancy agreement.

      Your agreement may also state that you must not engage in antisocial behaviour or cause noise pollution, which may include letting off fireworks.

      It is, therefore, a good idea to check with your landlord and neighbours if you plan to hold a fireworks display.

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      Shocking moment fireworks explode over football pitch

      THIS is the shocking moment a spray of fireworks exploded across a football pitch in the middle of a game.

      Players were forced to flee as the spray of sparks – thought to have been let off by idiot yobs – rain down on the Irish top flight match 15 minutes in.

      In shocking footage of the incident, Waterford midfielder Anthony Wordsworth appears to be struck by one of the flying explosives.

      The 32-year-old can be seen clutching his face before sinking to his knees and doubling over in pain.

      As other players flock to his aide, another barrage of fireworks is let off and Wordsworth is struck again.

      In shocking footage of the scenes a commentator can be heard saying: "This is what we just don't need. This is bad, bad, bad."

      Read the article in full here.

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      Who was behind the attack?

      The main, known, plotters were:

      • Robert Catesby (the ringleader)
      • Guy “Guido” Fawkes (the guy who got caught)
      • Thomas Bates,
      • Robert Wintour
      • Thomas Wintour
      • Thomas Percy
      • Christopher Wright
      • John Wright
      • Francis Tresham (believed to have been the one who gave it away)
      • Everard Digby
      • Ambrose Rookwood
      • Robert Keyes
      • Hugh Owen
      • John Grant

      Explained: What was the Gunpowder Plot?

      The revolutionaries had hoped for better treatment from the new monarch James I after 45 years of hounding under the reign of Elizabeth I, and decided on drastic measures when things did not improve under his reign.

      Warwickshire-born Catholic Robert Catesby and his friends planned to kill the King, his ministers and scores of nobles by blowing up the Palace of Westminster during the State Opening of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

      The plotters rented a house nearby and managed to smuggle 36 barrels of gunpowder – around 2.5 tons – into a cellar under the palace ready to blow it sky high.

      The explosives were discovered with hours to spare after an anonymous tip-off warning one peer to stay away.

      To this day the cellars under the Houses of Parliament are ceremonially searched before the annual State Opening.

      The best bonfires in London and the South East

      Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival 2021 – November 6 & 7

      Battersea Park Fireworks Show – November 6 & 7

      Musical Fireworks Display, Wimbledon Park – November 5 & 6

      Leeds Castle Firework Spectacular, Maidstone – November 6 & 7

      Hatch Warren Firework Display Extravaganza, Basingstoke – November 6

      Safety is key

      Bonfire Night is fun for the whole family – but it can be dangerous.

      The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents has annual campaigns to encourage people to encourage the night safely.

      Some of its top tips include not standing too close to any bonfire, going to organised fireworks displays rather than in someone’s back garden and keeping anything more powerful than a sparkler away from children.

      How long have we used fireworks?

      Fireworks are incredibly ancient – they were first used in China during the Song dynasty between 960 and 1279.

      Firework making was a respected skill and the first rockets were made from rolled sheets of paper containing gunpowder and a fuse.

      Knowledge of the technique gradually drifted west as Arab explorers began moving east in the Middle Ages and bringing the knowledge back.

      Fireworks were first recorded in Europe by the late 14th century and became popular during the 17th century – just in time for Guy Fawkes’ night.

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        Urgent warning issued to millions with asthma ahead of this weekend

        BRITS with asthma have been warned to start taking measures to protect themselves now in order to avoid a deadly attack this bonfire weekend.

        Particles of smoke caused by fireworks and bonfires could trigger symptoms in 3million asthma sufferers – making it hard for them to breathe.

        The particles of smoke can irritate the airways, causing sufferers to become inflamed and tighten.

        This results in coughing and wheezing and could result in a fatal asthma attack.

        If you are planning on going to a bonfire and firework display, you should stand well back and make sure you have your blue inhaler, usually the reliver inhaler, with you at all times.

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        Make sure you know the fireworks code

        1.  Never buy fireworks from unlicensed retailers. These fireworks may be unsafe and illegal.

        2.   Avoid setting fireworks off late at night. Be considerate – let your neighbours know you will be having a display, especially if they are elderly or they have pets or children.

        3.  Always keep fireworks in a closed box. Take them out one at a time and close the box.

        4.   Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket.

        5.  Ensure your pets are safe. There’s expert advice available at petsathome.com

        6.  Carefully follow the instructions on each firework. Never go back to a lit firework unless the instructions advise otherwise

        7.   Never give sparklers to a child under the age of five. Light sparklers one at a time and wear suitable gloves, even when lighting them.

        8.   Never throw spent fireworks on a bonfire.

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        Potato spark

        One mum has shared her savvy trick to stop little fingers getting burnt on Bonfire night.

        Francesca Ross uploaded a photo showing how she sticks potatoes on the end of sparklers for her children to hold instead of the metal end.

        She wrote on the Facebook group Family Lowdown Tips & Ideas: “With bonfire night coming up I thought I’d share the potato trick we just did for the sparklers.

        “Worked amazing for the little toddlers.”

        Her post has racked up over a thousand likes, with one person writing: “Great idea!”

        Another added: “I find carrots and parsnips work best…abit longer and easier for the little ‘uns to hold.”

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        Can I let off fireworks on my rented property?

        Tenancy agreements often prohibit bonfires or fireworks, so check your agreement or ask your landlord if you are unsure.

        It is legal for a landlord to ban the use of fireworks in a tenancy agreement.

        Your agreement may also state that you must not engage in antisocial behaviour or cause noise pollution, which may include letting off fireworks.

        It is, therefore, a good idea to check with your landlord and neighbours if you plan to hold a fireworks display.

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