Following the publication of the video of a synagogue celebrating Lag B’Omer with an indoor fire last week by the city’s Jewish News source, London’s fire and rescue service issued a statement warning Jewish congregations to keep holiday bonfires outside.
A haredi Orthodox synagogue called Beis Medrash Beis Shmuel was on fire in the footage captured in London’s mainly Jewish Golders Green district.
The group allegedly lit the fire indoors due to the holiday’s wet local weather.
Lag B’Omer is the one day in the mourning period between Passover (typically in April) and Shavuot (often in late May or early June) when devout Jews are permitted to perform specific actions, such as obtain haircuts or hold marriages.
To commemorate the holiday, bonfires are frequently lit.
“While we would like to see communities celebrate Lag b’Omer, we don’t want anyone to suffer harm. The London Fire Brigade advised the Jewish News not to build a bonfire indoors. “Fires can easily get out of hand and quickly threaten people’s lives and property.”