Chris Eichbaum with his dog Milly PHOTO/KERAN COLTMAN

KAREN COLTMAN
karen.coltman@age.co.nz

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will read select committee reports from the three petitions to government calling for a ban of firework sales to the public.

But she said to the Times-Age on Thursday, the government was not looking to rule them out just now.

“The government is happy to look at the select committee findings as it is a good time to hear from the public again on the issue.

“It was very loud at my place and there are many young children in the neighbourhood. But it is a matter of getting a balance as in many places, fireworks are still enjoyed without issues,” Ardern said.

Masterton fire station duty officer Mike Cornford reported no incidents in Wairarapa over the fireworks sale period.

“On Tuesday night, there were no issues and no fires and that is just great,” Cornford said.

“We are really pleased as people were sensible, we hope it continues.”

This was far from the case elsewhere with a fire getting out of control at a public display in Palmerston North and several large fires beginning in public places in Auckland.

Since fireworks went on sale on Saturday November 2, Fire and Emergency New Zealand has attended 135 fireworks-related incidents.

Fire and Emergency New Zealand responded to 88 fireworks-related calls on Guy Fawkes on November 5.

On November 5, it was the loudness of fireworks in Chris Eichbaum’s Masterton neighbourhood that was most distressing for his pet Airedale, Milly.

“This year, the banging started midweek and earlier than usual. Milly was traumatised but we had her sedated.

“The loudness factor seems to be the main selling point targeted to young men these days.

“I really don’t think young children like the banging of these loud ones, in fact I pretty much think it encourages anti-social behaviour and has no redeeming features at all.”

Eichbaum started a petition for the ban, which gained nearly 18,000 signatures.

It is now with the governance and administration select committee.