Shocking moment hooligans launch rockets at firefighters fighting blaze in Manchester

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Shocking footage shows the moment Bonfire Night hooligans launched rockets at firefighters as they attended a blaze in Blackley, north Manchester and called out for police assistance. In the video rockets explode as they hit the engine and fires can be seen burning in the street ahead. 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.’ 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. [VIDEO]

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In This Story: Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night, is observed on 5 November in the United Kingdom. The event commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

A group of English Catholics had planned to assassinate the Protestant King James and replace him with a Catholic monarch. The group were betrayed and Guy Fawkes discovered beneath Westminster Palace with a cache of gunpowder.

Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London; and months later, the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot’s failure.

The present-day Guy Fawkes Night is usually celebrated at large organised events, centred on a bonfire and extravagant firework displays.

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