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A boy kicks a bin into a bonfire alongside a burning car in Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A boy kicks a bin into a bonfire alongside a burning car in Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A boy kicks a bin into a bonfire alongside a burning car in Finglas, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A garda car was attacked with a petrol bomb by a group of young thugs as Halloween night descended into chaos in the capital.

The shocking incident happened on Benbulben Road, in Drimnagh, Dublin, at around 8pm last night. A group of men in their 20s - who are known to gardai - threw the device at the garda car, which fortunately did not ignite.

A number of public order units were deployed to apprehend the gang, who are believed to have thrown another petrol bomb at a squad car in a similar attack earlier this week.

Nobody was injured in last night's incident.

Gardai confirmed there was an incident at that time involving an "accelerant" being thrown at a garda vehicle.

"At approximately 8pm some type of accelerant or possibly a fire work was thrown at a public order van on Benbulben Road, Dublin 12," a garda spokesperson said.

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"The unit are still on patrol in the area dealing with calls. There was no one arrested or injured," they added.

Emergency services were stretched last night as gardai, Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) units and ambulance crews attended a string of incidents across the capital.

As well as dozens of illegal bonfires, DFB was called to put out several car fires, some in close proximity to each other.

Reports of bins and furniture, including couches, being set on fire also required units to respond. More than 500 calls to DFB had been recorded by 10pm last night.

Meanwhile, DFB has urged people to "do the Neymar" if they find themselves catching fire over the Halloween period.

While having a playful dig at the Brazilian footballer, the capital's fire service advised people who end up in difficulty to "stop, drop and roll" to smother any flames.

It tweeted an animation of the footballer writhing on the ground in slow motion with the words: "STOP, DROP & ROLL. If you find yourself in a position where your costume, or clothes, catch fire do the #Neymar.

"Running will only fan the flames and help the fire spread. STOPPING, DROPPING & ROLLING will smother the flames." Neymar attracted worldwide attention for his extravagant dives during matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The fire service has been actively campaigning about the dangers of fireworks and bonfires in the lead up to Halloween. Fireworks in Ireland are illegal but every year the service is called out to hundreds of fire-related incidents on October 31.

It launched its 'Be Safe - Stay Safe' campaign last week for schoolchildren to show how easy it is to sustain injuries when using fireworks or by getting close to a bonfire.

It also urged people to be particularly careful of naked flames and appealed for them to use LED alternatives instead.


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