VALE Royal Borough Council is urging people not to put themselves, their families and their neighbours in danger by making illegal bonfires.
The advice follows a combined operation involving the police and fire brigade to tackle an illegal bonfire in Brook Lane, Rudheath, last Wednesday.
Council officers were concerned to discover the pile of household and garden waste contained electrical items and old sofas, which would have given off toxic fumes if set alight.
Cllr Lynn Riley said: “I’m very concerned that people were considering setting light to this ‘bonfire’.
“What our officers found was bad enough, but there could have been gas canisters and other potentially explosive items, such as fireworks, hidden in it, which would cause untold damage to anyone standing too near.
“Even when not lit, this construction was clearly a danger to the children climbing on it.
“Sadly, it’s not an isolated case, and whilst some people see our officers as ‘killjoys’, they are working extremely hard to protect our residents and help reduce anti-social behaviour.”
She added: “There are many great community events at this time of year that offer a safe and managed environment for everyone to go and enjoy themselves.”
Ian West, Northwich Fire Station manager, who was called to the incident on Wednesday, expressed concern at what he found.
He said: “There were a large amount of materials that would give off toxic fumes when burnt, causing potential damage to both the environment and persons in attendance.
The bonfire was unsupervised at night leaving it vulnerable to the illegal act of people fly-tipping and dumping potentially dangerous items such as gas cylinders and fireworks.”
Weaver Vale Housing Trust’s Neighbourhood Manager Judith Burbidge said: “We were contacted by Vale Royal Borough Council, which owns the land, and the police to offer assistance to resolve a situation involving identified young persons, who were putting themselves at serious risk by sitting on a large amount of dangerous discarded rubbish, intended for a bonfire.
“The Trust is always concerned about residents' safety and worked closely with the police and VRBC staff to calm the situation.
“Whilst we do want everyone to enjoy Bonfire night, we want people to enjoy it safely and responsibly.”