Fire brigade crews attacked while putting out Halloween bonfires
Fire brigade crews have been attacked while approaching Halloween bonfires in Dublin and an officer suffered an ear injury after a firework was thrown at him in the west of the city.
A Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman said there had been a number of attacks on its members in the last few days as they attended the scenes of illegal bonfires.
One officer suffered a perforated eardrum when a firework was thrown as the crew attempted to put out a bonfire in Blanchardstown on Sunday night. The spokesman said attacks on fire crews were not unusual.
He said last night that units of the fire brigade were attending illegal bonfires at Dolphin’s Barn, Ballyfermot, Darndale, Finglas and Tallaght and attempts were made to prevent crews dousing the fires.
The spokesman added that people should only attend legal bonfires “and the only legal bonfires are [Tuesday] night” in areas designated by local authorities.
The ISPCA appealed to pet owners to keep their animals indoors as the noise and activity of Halloween can be very distressing for them. Its chief executive Andrew Kelly said owners should have their pets micro-chipped “as permanent forms of identification so that they can be returned to the owner if they get lost or stolen”. Outdoor pets should be brought indoors or put into a secure shed to shield them from loud bangs or flashes from fireworks.
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service also appealed to the public to put safety first “to ensure it’s a night for treats not tragedies”.
Optometrists have also warned costume-party goers of the dangers of decorative or special-effect contact lenses at Halloween, which can cause damage to the cornea, ulceration, conjunctivitis or blurred vision.