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Thursday 23 November 2017

Fire crews kept busy as Halloween night goes off with a bang

Young people enjoying the bonfires on Halloween in Darndale on Dublin's north side. Picture: Arthur Carron
Young people enjoying the bonfires on Halloween in Darndale on Dublin's north side. Picture: Arthur Carron

Laura Lynott

The sky lit up with bonfires and fireworks as the annual Halloween celebrations exploded into life.

Many families enjoyed a peaceful evening of trick or treating, but firefighters were busy keeping an eye on bonfires, as well as more malicious incidents.

Loud bangs rang out from bonfires across the north side of Dublin, as some teenagers threw wooden pallets full of nails, fridges, sofas and plastic bin bags on to bonfires.

"Welcome to Beirut," a young couple who stumbled upon a 20ft inferno in the middle of the city said, as celebrations got rowdy.

Natalie Daly, Jade McCarthy, Jeanette Walsh, Toma Daly and Natalie Wall Photos:
Arthur Carron
Natalie Daly, Jade McCarthy, Jeanette Walsh, Toma Daly and Natalie Wall Photos: Arthur Carron

Darndale resident Suzanne Bollard (41) was one of many adults ensuring youngsters were kept far away from the huge infernos.

"All the kids want to come out to see the fires, but at the end of the day, we don't know just what's in them, so we keep the kids back. Everyone is keeping the youngsters safe tonight," she said.

Jennifer and her aunt, Frances Egan, were out for the evening in Darndale.

Frances said: "It's very peaceful, and that's the way we like it, but there's no way any of the children are going near the fire, because no one knows what's in them."

Kelly, Casey and Jim You in Darndale. Photos: Arthur Carron
Kelly, Casey and Jim You in Darndale. Photos: Arthur Carron

One mother with young children said: "It's quiet now, but we do worry what it'll be like later into the night - as you can see, the teenagers are very close to the fire and they tend to start drinking.

"I have relatives who actually go away for the weekend to avoid Halloween. They are on edge the whole time with the fires going, the bangers, so they just go away instead to not deal with it."

Fireworks

Elsewhere, children as young as around 11 stood in the north inner city of Dublin unloading fireworks and sparklers into the air. There was a Garda presence and fire crew nearby.

Mehdi Sellami (26), from France, and Ines Casarigeo (25), from Spain, were taking an evening walk when they stumbled upon the huge fire.

Ines said: "This is like a war zone. I've never seen anything like it. The fireworks could hit someone. There's no rules."

The fire service in Dublin dealt with about 200 fire call-outs between 4pm and 9pm alone.

Irish Independent

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