Fireworks injuries at all-time low
Fourteen people needed emergency hospital treatment for fireworks injuries over the Halloween period in Northern Ireland this year, it has been revealed.
This is the lowest number since records began 16 years ago when a ban on the sale of fireworks was lifted. In 1996 more than 200 people were hurt.
The 2012 figures were released by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
It includes all reported firework injuries sustained in a month-long period beginning on October 17, two weeks before Halloween, and ending two weeks after the festival on November 14.
When compared with the previous year, the number of injuries almost halved, from 25 in 2011 to 14 this year.
The majority of those injured this year were boys under the age of 18. The most common injury was to the hand and wrist.