THE famous Nit de l’Albà firework display that is the focal point of Elche’s fiestas passed off with fewer injuries than usual.
Despite the 64,000 rockets and the special 390 palm tree pyrotechnics made up of 2,000 kilos of explosives that lit up the sky, only 43 injuries were reported. None were classed as serious. Among the 27 men and 16 women being admitted to two local hospitals, one was a 66-year-old man and one a twelve-month-old baby. All were released after treatment and nobody needed to be admitted.
The trend of casualties has declined in recent years although the eye department of the Vinalopó and the Elche General Hospital was among the busiest, treating patients with injuries caused by falling rocket sticks and other debris.
The firefighters of Elche were kept busy throughout the evening and were on continuous call extinguishing fires in bushes and scrubland, caused by falling fireworks or from others letting off firecrackers near to flammable materials. None were classed as serious and quickly brought under control. Security was also tight with a total of 350 officers made up of local, national, regional police and the Guardia Civil, not forgetting the medical teams. Earlier in the afternoon, police were patrolling the area on horseback to deter people from setting off fireworks and bangers in the streets.