Sunday 23 July 2017

Car driven into bonfire and 'bangers aimed at firefighters' during Halloween chaos

Picture: Shania Sweeney
Picture: Shania Sweeney
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A car was driven into a bonfire in Mitchelstown, Cork last night and youths allegedly aimed fireworks and bangers at fire officers and members of the public.

The remains of the car, which appears to be a Peugeot 206, could be seen this morning.

“It was some fright to get and now the mess of it afterwards. The damage to the children in the estate inhaling those fumes – appalling,” one local woman said.

“Disgraceful scenes last night as some idiot drove a car into an already blazing bonfire in Mitchelstown then they targeted fire men by throwing firework and bangers. None were older than 16.

"There was one garda car present. These kids were doing it in full view of gardaí. Where were their parents?? These men are amazing to risk their lives for the safety of others. They are amazing for all the work they do. There were also people present who were targeted by fireworks,” another local wrote. 

Cork County Council say they are currently looking into the incident.

Last night was “one of the busiest Halloween nights we have dealt with in years,” according to the Cork fire department.

Hundreds of calls were logged across the county, mainly involving bonfires.

Units from Mallow and Kanturk were this morning fighting a blaze at a derelict house in Mallow.

A spokesperson for Cork County Council said: "I can confirm that the fire service attended a call out at 21.30 last night in connection with a vehicle and a bonfire.  At this time we are awaiting full report from the Station Officer in Mitchelstown and will revert as soon as same is available."

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