Parents must stop children buying fireworks - TD


A Dublin politician has urged parents to ban their children from buying fireworks in the run-up to Halloween.

Fianna Fáil's Barry Andrews said fireworks are currently being sold illegally on Dublin streets.

The Dún Laoghaire TD said: "Every year Accident and Emergency wards are filled with children who get horrific injuries at Halloween from using fireworks.

"It is a criminal offence to sell these products and the law must be strictly applied in this regard.

"Parents should report anybody selling fireworks to the gardai."

Nearly 1.5 tonnes of fireworks imported illegally from Asia were seized during the National Ploughing Championships in Co Cork last month.

Dealers can be fined or jailed under the Explosive Substances Act. Police in Co Fermanagh yesterday seized €8,000 worth of fireworks at an outdoor market.