Fireworks cancelled and BBQs banned at Bristol Balloon Fiesta after dry conditions spark fire fears

It comes after a number of grass fires across Bristol

Organisers of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta have announced that there will be no fireworks display at this year’s event due to fire risks caused by unusually dry conditions.

The fireworks displays traditionally take place after the popular event’s Thursday and Saturday ‘Nightglows’, which will still go ahead as planned.

Hot air balloons are seen at the night glow at the International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images).

BBQs have also been banned and visitors asked to leave their dogs at home this year, with Ashton Court Estate set to sizzle in temperatures as high as 34C at the peak of the event.

It comes after a number of grass and field fires across Bristol over the past few days, including on a section of the Downs which went up in flames after a BBQ was left unattended.

Chris Allcock, cchairman of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta voluntary board, said: “As organisers we are having to take a number of precautions for the safety of our customers and the protection of our beautiful home at Ashton Court.

“Sadly, the fireworks present a significant risk because of the wide firing range and potential for fallout to cause a fire.

“We are putting into place a number of additional fire precautions around the balloons and nightglow to ensure that we can operate safely in the current scorching weather.”

“Our main attractions, including the fiesta’s morning and afternoon ascents and the new Brizzle Kicks with Pip and Posy area, will ensure visitors will have a brilliant, free weekend.

The fireworks display usually completes the Nightglow performance, which will still see 25 balloons lighting up to a soundtrack provided by BBC Bristol from 9pm on Thursday, August 11 and Saturday, August 13.

Crowds watch as tethered balloons are illuminated by their burners during the nightglow evening event at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images).

Visitors are being reminded tat they can bring sunshades to use in the ‘yellow zone’ of the event site, but are asked to be considerate of others as the crowds gather for the Nightglows.

There will be water refill points across the event so visitors are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles.