• Short Summary

    Guy Fawkes night - traditionally the night for letting of fireworks in Britain - coupled with the garbagemen's strike tonight (Thursday, 5th Nov.) brought London its worst night of fires since World War Two.

  • Description

    Guy Fawkes night - traditionally the night for letting of fireworks in Britain - coupled with the garbagemen's strike tonight (Thursday, 5th Nov.) brought London its worst night of fires since World War Two.

    Firemen tackled hundreds of fires, a few of them serious, including a blaze in a church in South London.

    Fireworks on November the 5th celebrate the plot by Guy Fawkes and others who tried - unsuccessfully - to blow up Parliament in London on November the 5th, 1605.

    For firemen November the 5th is always a very busy bight, but this year, it was much worse because there had been a strike of garbage collectors lasting seven weeks and rubbish was piled high in many streets and open areas of the city, creating a vast fire hazard.

    By early evening firemen had tackled more than 800 fires and fireworks and bonfires had ignited tons of accumulated rubbish. Ironically the rubbish strike ended today.

    Every available fireman in London was on call from dusk and by eight o'clock it had become the busiest night since the war. A London fire bridges chief, Mr. Harold Chisnall, said firemen were only just keeping up with the calls to fires.

    About 100 firemen fought one blaze in East London and in the South London suburb of Battersea 75 firemen used 15 pumps to tackle a fire in a church.

    Tons of rubbish blazed on a temporary rubbish dump in North London and a garbage fire even broke out in Trafalgar Square, in the centre of London, where revellers gathered for the annual celebrations.

    Police guarded embassies in case anyone decided to use bonfire night as a cover for a political attack.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABCOECSH0O2UY1UJ2RW7VHATUI
    Media URN:
    VLVABCOECSH0O2UY1UJ2RW7VHATUI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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