Fire brigade slams hoax Blackburn 999 'firework' callers

This Is Lancashire: Fire brigade slams hoax Blackburn 999 'firework' callers Fire brigade slams hoax Blackburn 999 'firework' callers

HOAX 999 callers have been slammed by firefighters after falsely reporting fireworks had been put through the letterbox of a Blackburn home.

The call, made from a phonebox at 7.30pm yesterday, also informed the emergency services that there was smoke coming from the front door of the house in Whalley Range.

Watch manager Rob Birtwistle, from Blackburn fire station, said two crews were tied up for 15 minutes while the call-out was investigated.

He said: “If there had been another fire in Blackburn, fire engines would have had to come from Darwen or Accrington, which could have been a dangerous 10-minute delay.

“Our headquarters do checks to see if calls are malicious, but these callers sounded very plausible.

“Malicious calls can cost lives and I want to urge people to think about that before they consider acting so irresponsibly.”

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1:13am Sun 6 Apr 14

cutthebull says...

Oh dear water fairies - you had a hoax call & you go running to the local rag??? The police & paramedics have umpteen of these calls and various other inappropriate calls everyday! If they did that they wouldn't have time to write about anything else.
Oh dear water fairies - you had a hoax call & you go running to the local rag??? The police & paramedics have umpteen of these calls and various other inappropriate calls everyday! If they did that they wouldn't have time to write about anything else. cutthebull
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4:04pm Sun 6 Apr 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

That's absolutely terrible. Irresponsible people, interrupting there game of snooker .
:-)
That's absolutely terrible. Irresponsible people, interrupting there game of snooker . :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
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4:38pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
That's absolutely terrible. Irresponsible people, interrupting there game of snooker .
:-)
Their game of snooker.

You thick ***t.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: That's absolutely terrible. Irresponsible people, interrupting there game of snooker . :-)[/p][/quote]Their game of snooker. You thick ***t. Steven Seagull
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4:41pm Sun 6 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

cutthebull wrote:
Oh dear water fairies - you had a hoax call & you go running to the local rag??? The police & paramedics have umpteen of these calls and various other inappropriate calls everyday! If they did that they wouldn't have time to write about anything else.
Failed your application for the fire service did we?
[quote][p][bold]cutthebull[/bold] wrote: Oh dear water fairies - you had a hoax call & you go running to the local rag??? The police & paramedics have umpteen of these calls and various other inappropriate calls everyday! If they did that they wouldn't have time to write about anything else.[/p][/quote]Failed your application for the fire service did we? Steven Seagull
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