Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gardai issue warning ahead of Halloween weekend

‘You could lose more than your fingers’ - say gardaí

Revellers at a fireworks extravaganza in Tralee
Revellers at a fireworks extravaganza in Tralee
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Gardai have issued a warning over “dangerous” fireworks this Halloween saying “you can lose more than your fingers”.

“Fireworks are not only dangerous, there are severe criminal penalties that apply,” gardai said.

As Halloween is fast approaching, gardai are reminded people that fireworks can be “very dangerous if misused”.

“An import licence is required for all fireworks, and it is an offence to possess unlicensed fireworks (other than low hazard fireworks, such as party poppers, sparklers), with intent to sell or supply and a fine of up to €10,000 can apply.

“It is an offence to throw or direct any ignited firework at a person or property and a fine of up to €10,000 can apply.”

The warning comes after a man was injured after a "large firework rocket" was dropped through the doorway of fast food outlet on Alliance Avenue in north Belfast.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Detectives are appealing for information following an incident on Friday night at around 9.15pm.

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