Woman seriously injured after being hit in face by firework in Galway

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to Eyre Square incident which happened at around midnight

A young woman was seriously injured when a firework hit her in the face shortly after midnight on Friday in Galway city centre.  Photograph: Collins

A young woman was seriously injured when a firework hit her in the face shortly after midnight on Friday in Galway city centre. Photograph: Collins

 

A woman was seriously injured when a firework hit her in the face shortly shortly after midnight on Friday in Galway city centre.

She was sitting at a bus stop near the taxi rank at the top of Eyre Square when the incident occurred. Gardaí said they understand that the firework was launched from close to the Tourist Information Kiosk on Eyre Square, which is situated across the street from where the woman was sitting.

The woman suffered a serious injury and was taken from the scene to hospital in an ambulance, gardaí said.

It is understood that there was a large group of people in Eyre Square at the time, and gardaí are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to make contact with them.

Anyone with video footage of the incident, either from a mobile phone, CCTV or dash-cam is asked to contact investigating gardaí on (091) 538000, (091) 538036 or on the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Gardaí added that the possession of fireworks without a licence is illegal and that their unauthorised use is dangerous. Anyone who has information about the possession of illegal fireworks is asked to make contact with their local Garda station or the confidential line.