From the moment the lights went out on the UK’s first bonfire in January, the country’s bonfire ban has been in place for nearly three weeks.
What has happened is the UK is now the only country in the world to have its bonfires lit during the dark of night.
The decision came after years of attempts by British politicians to ban bonfires at the cost of air quality, the environment and the lives of firefighters and their families.
In the UK, only one of the 16 states has a ban on the use of pyrotechnics in bonfires.
It was set to come into effect on Wednesday but it has now been delayed due to the UK being affected by a heat wave.
As the UK has been hit by a number of heatwaves in recent weeks, it has also been affected by the rise of the so-called ‘bacongate’ scandal, in which thousands of bacon roasting stations across the country were shut down by the authorities due to their lack of fire safety equipment.
In December, an investigation by the BBC found that up to 80,000 people were affected by ‘baconsgate’ over the course of a year.
The BBC report also found that the number of bonfires being lit in the UK fell from more than 100,000 a year in 2014 to fewer than 10,000 this year.
A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said the UK ban was due to be effective in the middle of next week.
However, fire chiefs have warned the ban could lead to a ‘deadly bonfire season’ which could see thousands of homes in the country affected.
“I think that this has got to stop,” said fire chief Peter Hall.
“[It’s] the most dangerous situation in the history of fire.”
A spokesman from the British Firefighters Union said the government should consider changing the legislation to allow for more fire suppression measures.
According to the union, the government needs to consider allowing more fire-suppression measures and make it easier for firefighters to get a permit.
He added: “I don’t think it is fair that people have to fight for their lives, their families, their livelihoods when the authorities are not willing to do anything about the problem.”