– Councillor David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority
While festivities might already be a distant memory for most, the people involved in these incidents will have stark and unpleasant reminders for some time to come.
Fireworks and Chinese lanterns can be extremely dangerous - as the injuries and fires GMFRS’ crews attended on New Year’s Day prove - and should be used very carefully.
Thankfully, our firefighters were there quickly to help these people and it seems that none of those involved was seriously injured.
Four people suffered injuries related to fireworks and Chinese lanterns used in New Year celebrations across Greater Manchester.
In a fifth incident, a Chinese lantern landed on a garden shed and destroyed the timber shed and its contents.
The incidents took place in Wigan, Bolton, Trafford and Salford in the early hours of January 1.