Mid Ulster police clampdown on illegal use of fireworks

Fireworks seized by police in Magherafelt
Fireworks seized by police in Magherafelt

Police in Magherafelt have put on display some of the illegal fireworks and other items they seized yesterday.

The PSNI say they intend to crackdown on anyone breaking the law during the Halloween festivities.

Supt. Mike Baird said, “Police in Mid Ulster District are appealing for parents, youth and community leaders to assist in making this year’s festivities safe and fun.

"The weeks prior to and after Halloween are becoming an increasingly busy time of the year for the Police Service.

"We continually receive reports of criminal damage and youths causing annoyance to vulnerable people within the area. We want to make it clear that anyone caught breaking the law will be dealt with robustly.

“Parents need to make sure they know the whereabouts of their children and to make sure that they are not engaging in any criminal activity or criminal damage to property.

"Individuals are also being urged to pay close attention to their own personal safety, if they intend to be in the vicinity of fireworks, sparklers or bonfires. Fireworks contain explosive, flammable substances, which can cause serious injury to an individual or damage to property. Children using sparklers should also be closely supervised."

The law clearly states that fireworks must be bought from a licensed dealer who is required to keep sales records. Fireworks bought from other sources could be of a sub-standard quality, with the potential to cause serious injury.

- Fireworks that do not have instructions printed in English are ILLEGAL.

- All bangers are ILLEGAL.

- The purchase, possession or use of fireworks without a licence is an OFFENCE.

You can help the police stamp out illegal trading and misuse of fireworks by contacting local police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.