BONFIRE Night in Hillingdon passed without major incident although London Fire Brigade said plenty of emergency calls kept it busy.
The service anticipated a busier November 5 than normal because it fell on a Saturday night and had 480 calls in seven hours.
It marked the occasion by holding the ‘world’s first-ever live Bonfire Night twitterthon’, in which details of fire incidents were relayed via the social networking site Twitter, including seven in Hillingdon.
At 5.37pm fire crews were called to five trailers that were ablaze near a scrapyard in Donkey Lane, West Drayton.
At 5.55pm bushes caught fire in West Drayton Road, Uxbridge, prompting the brigade to remind people to ‘keep bonfires away from bushes’.
At 6.25pm a bin was set alight in a children’s playground in Silverdale Road, Hayes, and three minutes later a bonfire was reported out of control in Glebe Road, Hayes, while another needed the fire brigade’s hoses at 7.16pm in East Avenue.
Ten firefighters attended a blaze at 9.30pm in a scrapyard in Harefield Road, Uxbridge, and another 10 were called to a store in Ruislip High Street just after 11pm.
The call was a false alarm because passers-by mistook smoke wafting from a nearby fireworks display for a fire at the shop.
London Ambulance Service reported its crews were not needed to treat any major fireworks-related injuries in the borough.