A VIDEO highlighting the dangers of playing with fireworks has
been released by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS)
as they go on sale ahead of Bonfire Night.
Part of the annual Treacle campaign - which is launched this
week - it shows the devastating effects an illegal firework can
have when it explodes in a child's hand.
It comes a year after an onion bomb detonated in the face of a
10-year-old boy in Salford leaving him with serious burns and
Assistant County Fire Officer and Director of Prevention, Peter
O'Reilly said: "As Bonfire Night approaches we want everyone to
enjoy it safely, so this video serves as a reminder to children and
parents what can happen if you don't take firework safety
"Last year everyone remembers the shocking image of a
10-year-old boy in hospital with serious injuries, he had been
holding an illegal onion bomb when it exploded in his face.
"This year, we hope this video, which reveals the horrors of
firework injuries, will make people think twice."
To view the onion bomb video go to http://www.youtube.com/user/GMFRSVideoChannel
It is now legal to sell fireworks with the correct licence or
registration until November 10, and GMFRS' fire protection officers
will be visiting premises storing them to check people are
complying with regulations.
GMFRS is working with partners to keep people safe as part of
the Treacle campaign and firefighters and community safety teams
are visiting schools to talk to children about the dangers of
fireworks and encouraging them and their parents to go to organised
bonfire events and to take extra care.
The Treacle campaign is designed to prevent, tackle and protect
against antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and reducing
incidents and injuries during the Hallowe'en and Bonfire
Partner agencies involved in Treacle include Greater Manchester
Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), Greater Manchester Police, ten
local authorities, Trading Standards, Transport for Greater
Manchester and the Health and Safety Executive.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester
Police said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night are nearly upon us -
occasions where traditionally whole families get together to enjoy
the fun and festivities.
"I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the
need to behave responsibly and respect others at this time of year,
and to understand the consequences of irresponsible behaviour on
themselves and others.
"If behaviour gets out of hand and causes distress to anyone
then we will take firm action, and I would urge people to report
any antisocial behaviour to police."
You can follow Treacle news on Twitter #Treacle2013.
To find more information about Treacle, and, if you're under 16
for your chance to win an ipad go to safe4autumn.com
To read more about what happened when the onion bomb exploded in
the face of a 10-year-old boy last year go to
See the video http://www.youtube.com/user/GMFRSVideoChannel
Please share it on Twitter using the #Twitter2013 hashtag.