Wednesday 28 September 2016

Giant 30ft bonfire ignited despite intervention by Gardai and City Council

Published 31/10/2015 | 13:28

Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe.
Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015

A giant bonfire measuring more than 30ft high has been ignited in Dublin's inner city despite the efforts of the Gardai and City Council to quash preparations.

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Earlier today tyres were removed from the site in St. Teresa's Gardens in Dublin 8 by a team from the City Council but the huge stack of wooden pallets has this evening been lit.

In photographs taken today, local children pose on the prepared bonfire, which was erected in the centre of the flat complex in Dublin’s inner city.

Gardai arrived at the apartment complex shortly after lunchtime and council officials attempted to dismantle the bonfire. 

A spokesperson from Dublin City Council confirmed that they are responding to many reports of similar bonfires around the city.

Meanwhile, Dublin Fire Brigade is preparing for its busiest night of the year.

The bonfire in St. Teresa's Gardens in Dublin 8
The bonfire in St. Teresa's Gardens in Dublin 8
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015
Locals build a bonfire at St. Teresa's Gardens, The Coombe. Photo: Tony Gavin 31/10/2015

“We want everyone to have a safe Halloween,” said Pat Fleming, Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade.

“There are great dangers involved in attending bonfires, of which there are a number scheduled around the country.

“They are illegal. Nobody knows what is in them, there are toxic fumes. There could be aerosol cans which can explode and cause severe injury.

“Last year Dublin Fire Brigade attended to more than 600 incidents and every second one of them someone was injured or in pain.

“We want everyone to have a fun but safe Halloween.”

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