AROUND 850 fireworks were seized across the district during a busy Halloween weekend as police spoke to children as young as 14 in relation to the illegal finds.
Police were called to deal with 37 incidents relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween night and 12 people have since been reported to the PPS for various offences.
In one incident fireworks were thrown from a car towards a hay shed. Police said they reported four drivers following reports of fireworks being thrown from cars.
While Inspector Hazel Moucka said the volume of calls was similar to last year she said the number of fireworks seized and people reported had increased significantly.
Over the weekend fireworks were seized from Molesworth Street, Orritor Road, Tullyard Road, Westland Road and Mullaghglass in Cookstown while 14 rockets were also found in Stewartstown on Halloween night.
Police in Pomeroy seized 23 rockets and 24 bangers from a 14-year-old on Tullyodonnell Road and more than 40 fireworks after they were dropped by youths who ran off at Park View. Inspector Moucka said those who bought illegal fireworks need to realise they are committing an offence.
“Those who elect to buy and sell fireworks without the appropriate licence will continue to be targeted by police,” she said. “Many such customers use the fireworks indiscriminately causing fear and sometimes damage to property.”
Inspector Moucka warned that those involved in aiming fireworks at the hay shed were putting lives at risk. “Had they hit their target and ignited not only would property have been damaged but lives would also have been put at risk,” she said. “The drivers will be reported to the PPS for causing danger to road users in addition to the firework offences.”
In a separate incident at the weekend a 27-year-old man was charged to court following a disturbance at a hot food outlet. A shop window was broken and in a follow-up search drug paraphernalia was found in a house in the town.