In the run up to Halloween, Gardai are warning about the serious dangers associated with the use of fireworks and are increasing hi- visibility patrols and checkpoints in the Leitrim District targeting the unlawful sale / supply of fireworks.
Checkpoints will involve searches of cars and vans for illegal fireworks.
Breaches of the Road Traffic legislation will also receive special attention.
Each year, many children and young people suffer terrible injuries caused by fireworks, including burns, injuries to limbs and serious eye injuries. Many of these fireworks have not passed quality control tests and are possibly defective. Apart from the risk of injury, fireworks can cause great distress and annoyance to the elderly.
They cause great distress to family pets and animals. There is also the possibility of fireworks such as ‘rockets’ causing an outbreak of fire, when they continue to burn after landing.
Possession, use and sale of fireworks in this country is a criminal offence and carries severe penalties if convicted. This includes fireworks that can be bought legally in other jurisdictions and brought into this jurisdiction for sale or use.
Gardai are requesting that parents take responsibility in ensuring that their children do not cause injury to themselves or others with the use of illegal fireworks on Halloween night and parents are requested to confiscate such fireworks from them and report their seizure to local Gardai who can safely dispose of them.
Fireworks should never be stored inside and if seized they should be immediately immersed in water to minimise their potential harmful effects.
If anybody has information relating to the unlawful sale or use of fireworks they are requested to contact their local Garda Station or the Garda Confidential Number 1800 666 111.