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Busy New Year’s Eve for 112 service 

The Canary Islands’ emergency centre tripled its activity during New Year’s Eve.

The Emergency and Security Coordinating Centre registered a total of 1,004 incidents which almost tripled the average of other non-holiday nights in December.

The eastern islands registered 543 incidents between 9pm on December 31 until 8am on January 1, while the figure for the western islands was 461.

By type of incidents, the more numerous were those related to citizen security, with 418, followed by health services, with 351. However, the fire extinction sector registered the greatest increase in activity compared to another day in the same time zone, multiplying by ten, mainly due to the use of pyrotechnic material.

In this sense, among others, a fire in a house in the area of La Minilla, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the vegetation that caused damages in two houses in the municipality of La Victoria Tenerife, both originated by the use of pyrotechnic devices.

Interventions in accidents and rescue experienced the second highest increase compared to any other night in December, specifically four times more, although none of the incidents was serious.