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a banging bonfire night in wales.

Byline: KATIE SANDS Reporter

tHOUSANDS of firework lovers turned out at events across Wales last night to watch the skies light up for Bonfire Night.

On a largely dry evening, families wrapped up warm to head out into the crisp evening to go to firework displays, bonfires and family events on November 5. Displays in Cardiff and Swansea were some of the biggest events put on in Wales, with up to 15,000 people expected to turn out for the sold-out Sparks in the Park in Cardiff's Bute Park, where more than 20,000 fireworks were due to light up the city skyline.

Organised events were put on by councils, clubs and leisure groups all across the country to ensure spectators could get to see colourful and exciting displays, while plenty of families chose to stay at home and have their own firework displays.

But Bonfire Night has also become synonymous with an incredibly busy period for emergency services, with fire services across Wales responding to calls on what was a busy Saturday night. Fire crews across Wales were called to dozens of incidents, ranging from grass fires and bin fires to bonfires.

Jennie Griffiths, from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, live tweeted the incidents being reported throughout Bonfire Night, and reported various blazes, incidents and call-outs throughout the day. Those incidents saw crews attending reports of fires in Manmoel, Ystrad Mynach, Newport, Tredegar, Blackwood, Argoed, Mountain Ash, Pill, Merthyr Tydfil, Abercwmboi, Abercynon, Clydach Vale, Ystrad Pentre, Barry, Pontypridd and Aberdare.

The incidents ranged from grass fires, skip fires and bonfires to car fires and refuse fires, with incidents reported as early as 3.30pm.

It included a crew responding to investigate a report of "bangs"; youths throwing fireworks in Rumney, Cardiff; trees on fire in Risca and a bonfire close to forestry in Whitchurch.

Ms Griffiths wrote: "As long as we are happy your bonfire is responsibly supervised, considerate to others and safe, then we won't stop you.

"Remember, a fire engine cannot be in two places at the same time, so help us make sure it's available to be at the right place."


Aaron, Gemma and three-year-old Heidi Morgan, above; along with Luca Omar, four, left, enjoy the show at Sparks In The Park

Amelia Dean, seven, and Ruby Highgate, five

One-year-old Hope Reardon at Cardiff's Sparks In The Park

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 6, 2016

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