Belfast Telegraph

Busiest Halloween night for fire crews since 2010 after they 166 incidents across Northern Ireland

The total was a 47% increase on Halloween night 2015

Fire crews dealt with some 166 incidents across Northern Ireland on Halloween night - a rise of almost 50% on Halloween night in 2015.

Crews came under attack in Coalisland, Co Tyrone from youths throwing fireworks.

They were also forced with withdraw from incidents in Rostrevor and Newry due to hostile crowds.

However there were no injuries to personnel reported during these incidents”.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it received some 232 calls on Halloween night on Monday, and attended 166 incidents.

A spokesperson said the figures represent a 47% increase on incidents attended during Halloween 2015 and represents the busiest Halloween period since 2010 in terms of both calls received and mobilised incidents.

The majority of the incidents were located in Southern Area Command (45%) with most of these involving grassland and bonfire materials including tyres.

NIFRS received calls to 36 incidents involving bonfires and had to take action on 16 occasions.

93% of all fires attended over the 24 hour period were started deliberately.

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