Shocking moment thugs throw rockets at FIREFIGHTERS

Shocking moment thugs throw rockets at FIREFIGHTERS

‘We are being attacked by fireworks. Unable to retreat’: Shocking moment FIREFIGHTERS come under bombardment from thugs firing rockets at them down a Manchester street

  • Shocking video shows youths on Bonfire Night launching rockets at firefighters 
  • The firefighters were attempting to attend a blaze in Blackley, north Manchester
  • In the footage a firefighter can be heard calling the radio for police assistance 

This is the shocking moment Bonfire Night hooligans launched rockets at firefighters as they attended a blaze in north Manchester.

Footage from inside the cab shows several fireworks hitting the vehicle as firefighters radio for help on Ash Tree Road in Blackley.

In the video rockets explode as they hit the engine and fires can be seen burning in the street ahead.

Rockets are thrown at the firefighters as they radio in for police assistance while attending a fire in Blackley, north Manchester 

The footage has been released as figures show Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received 701 calls and responded to 431 incidents between 5pm on Bonfire Night and 8am on Monday, November 8

A firefighter can also be heard calling for police assistance and urging the control room not to send any more crews to the scene.

Radioing in, he can be heard saying: ‘Gulf171 under attack, we’re being attacked by fireworks.

‘The hood is blocked and there’s several youths firing fireworks at the appliance. Request urgent attendance of the police. Unable to retreat at this moment.’

Several fireworks hit the vehicle as firefighters attempt to attend the fire on Ash Tree Road 

The footage has been released as figures show Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service received 701 calls and responded to 431 incidents between 5pm on Bonfire Night and 8am on Monday, November 8.

That’s up from 276 incidents last year. On Bonfire Night firefighters were also attacked on Arundel Street in Oldham, while fireworks were also launched at crews on Atlantic Walk in Beswick.

No crew members were hurt in any of the attacks. Other incidents included wheelie bin fires and unauthorised bonfires being held in parks or on public land.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said: ‘Our firefighters did a brilliant job keeping the public safe during Bonfire celebrations this weekend.

‘I’d like to thank all staff and emergency services involved for working hard over a busy weekend.


Radioing, the firefighter can he beard saying: ‘The hood is blocked and there’s several youths firing fireworks at the appliance’

‘Unfortunately, while attending some incidents, crews were met with physical or verbal abuse.

‘I have heard personally from colleagues the shocking incidents that took place.

‘Thankfully, no one was hurt, however I would like to remind the public that this behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham praised the emergency services’ job with keeping communities safe during ‘this busy period of the year’

‘Attacking emergency service workers is also a criminal offence.’

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: ‘GMFRS, alongside Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service and North West Fire Control did a fantastic job keeping Greater Manchester communities safe, particularly during this busy period of the year.

‘However, hearing that some crews and police were subject to attacks with fireworks is unacceptable.

‘Our emergency workers work hard every day keeping the public safe and should not have to deal with abuse.’ 

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