MORE than 30 per cent of the country is off-limits because of fireworks that did not go off.
The fireworks, which range from an ASDA Eyjafjallajokull to a 256-shot Tsar Bomba, have issued nothing more than a wisp of smoke in the last eight hours.
Chief fire officer Norman Steele said: “Each fireman swears a sacred oath to the Firework Code each morning, repeating ‘Never, ever go back to a lit firework’ in unison.
“Not even if you’re wearing protective equipment and carrying a massive hose, not even when it’s been soaked with 240,000 gallons of water. Never.
“We’ve proposed a joint project with the Atomic Energy Authority to entomb them in concrete, but until that’s finalised the public must continue to stand well back.”
Amateur firework display organiser Tom Booker said: “The standard safe distance is 25ft, so I can’t use my own garden now.
“In fact the garden’s only 12ft long so actually I can’t use the rear half of my house.”