Wednesday 21 March 2018

Four young girls injured in aerosol can blast

The scene of the explosion in Drogheda. Picture: Fran Caffrey/
The scene of the explosion in Drogheda. Picture: Fran Caffrey/
The injured girls were take to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Picture: Collins
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

FOUR girls were rushed to hospital with burn-related injuries after a suspected aerosol can explosion that “sounded like an aeroplane hitting the house”.

It’s understood four girls, aged between 12 and 14, were in an upstairs bedroom of a house in the Marian Park area of Drogheda, Co Louth when the explosion occurred.

The incident happened at 4.20pm yesterday and a fleet of ambulances, fire services and gardai were called to the scene.

Local man Clive Fitzpatrick (32) said: “A neighbour of mine said the explosion sounded like an aeroplane hitting the house.

“I was at home but their house is a few doors away, so I didn’t hear a bang but I heard screaming.

“At first I just thought it was children playing but then I realised something was wrong. There was pandemonium in the back garden of the house where it happened. Neighbours had arrived and it appeared they were trying to give first aid to the girls,” said the father-of-one.

It was believed locally that two of the girls may have been members of the family and two other girls were friends who were visiting the house.

All the injured were initially taken to nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital but were later transferred to Dublin, where they were sent to Crumlin and Tallaght.

A garda spokesperson confirmed four teenagers had received non-life threatening burn-related injuries in the incident.

They added that some internal structural damage was also caused to the house in the incident, and a source said “the walls were blown by it”.

“The ambulances arrived lightning quick. There were five ambulances and three fire engines and a load of garda vans and cars,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“I could see the girls being brought out and it looked like their clothes were hanging off. Some appeared to be wearing pyjamas. One girl had bandages on her face and on her left arm and left leg. The girls appeared to have been burned,” he said.

“The girls who live in the house are lovely children. They would always say hello and were typical children riding their bikes on the road or would be seen playing with their dog,” he said.

Councillor Paul Bell said there was “deep concern” about the incident.

Irish Independent

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