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London firefighters call off strike

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London firefighters have called off a strike on the eve of a holiday marked by fireworks and which is traditionally one of the busiest periods for the fire department. The Fire Brigades Union had said its members would walk out from Friday to Sunday over an escalating dispute over new contracts. But firefighters called off the strike Thursday because of public safety concerns.

Britons traditionally celebrate the failure of the 1605 “Gunpowder Plot” – in which Guy Fawkes was seized before he could blow up Parliament – by lighting fireworks and bonfires in their gardens and public parks on the evening of Nov. 5. The time around the date is one of the fire department’s busiest times of the year.

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