Gardai plan Halloween Border clampdown
A GARDA operation to thwart the importation of illegal fireworks in the run-up to Halloween has swung into action.
The battleground will be mainly located in the Border counties and on the main approach roads into Dublin from the North.
Officers are already working closely with the PSNI in a cross-border drive to identify where the fireworks are being offered for sale in the North and those behind the large-scale operations.
Special arrangements are also in place in the Dublin region as part of the overall operation, codenamed Tombola.
It is a criminal offence for anybody to possess a firework with intent to sell or supply without a licence, to throw an ignited firework at any person or property, or to light unlicensed fireworks in a public place. The penalty for those offences has been increased to a maximum fine of €10,000, or five years' imprisonment, or both.