The perennial favourite: fireworks [POLL]

On the one hand

Prime Minister John Key says it is only a matter of time before private firework sales are banned.

Speaking at his post-Cabinet press conference, Key said he thought public sentiment was moving towards a fireworks sales ban.

“It’s obviously an issue that raises its head every time we have Guy Fawkes,” Key said.

“I think it’s something where we’d rather take the public with us and I think slowly there is a bow wave of agreement that [a sales ban is] the right place to go.”

Key said he didn’t think the government had done “any serious work” to bring about the change, though.

“While I’m not proposing or saying that there should be a personal ban today… I think eventually you actually will see public displays being the ones where fireworks are available.”

And on the other hand  

A firework that sparked a garage fire in Auckland would have burnt down a home with people inside if the Fire Service had not arrived so quickly, residents say.

The fire occurred at a Housing New Zealand property in Otara about 2.30pm.

The house in Hills Rd is located around the corner from the Otara Fire station.

Firefighters said there were multiple residents inside the home at the time.

A woman who lives at the home said she noticed the flames and called the Fire Service.

She said her teenage brother had earlier been using Roman candle fireworks.

“They must have caught fire to the mattress (in the garage) and then it all just went up,” she said.

“The flames were so high. It was so quick.”

Time for you to chime in

– Fairfax

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