We are being attacked with fireworks Firefighters are unable to escape: A shocking moment when thugs launch rockets at their heads down a Manchester street

  • A shocking video captures youths in Bonfire Night firing rockets at firefighters 
  • They were trying to respond to a fire in Blackley (north Manchester).
  • On the video, a firefighter is heard calling out for help from police officers. 

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

Video footage from the inside of the Cab shows fireworks striking the vehicle while firefighters call for assistance on Ash Tree Road, Blackley.

Video of rockets hitting the engine explodes and can also be seen on the street.

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

As firefighters respond to a Blackley fire, in north Manchester, they are bombarded with rockets as they attempt to radio for help from the police. 

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

As figures indicate that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service responded to 431 calls between Bonfire Night and Monday, November 8, at 8 a.m., the footage has been made public.

Another sound is that of a firefighter calling out for help and asking the control center to stop sending more people to the area.

On radio, he could be heard saying “Gulf171 under Attack, We Are Being Attacked by Fireworks.”

‘The hood is blocked and there’s several youths firing fireworks at the appliance. Immediately notify the police. ‘Unable to withdraw at this time.

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

As firefighters try to reach the Ash Tree Road fire, several fireworks are set off by the car. 

This footage was released because figures from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service show that they received 701 calls and responded 431 to incidents between Bonfire Night at 5pm and Monday morning, November 8.

It’s an increase from the 276 incidents that occurred last year. Bonfire Night also saw firefighters attacked at Arundel Street in Oldham. Crews were also bombarded with fireworks on Atlantic Walk, Beswick.

None of the crew were injured in these attacks. Wheelie bin fires, unauthorised bonfires on parks or public land were some other incidents.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel stated that “our firefighters did an amazing job of keeping the public safe during Bonfire Celebrations this weekend.”

“I want to say thank you to all emergency personnel and staff for their hard work over the weekend.

Hooligans throw fireworks at the vehicle

The blaze burns on in the background

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

Crews suffered verbal and physical abuse while at some incidents.

“I heard about these shocking events from friends.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt. However, I remind you that this behavior is totally unacceptable and will not go unchecked.

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

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor, praised emergency services for keeping the community safe in ‘this busy time of the year.

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

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor said, “GMFRS along with Greater Manchester Police North West Ambulance Service North West Fire Control and North West Police did a wonderful job keeping Greater Manchester residents safe, especially during this busy time of year.”

“But, it’s unacceptable to learn that certain police officers and crews have been attacked by fireworks.

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