Fire bri­gade crews at­tacked while putting out Hal­loween bon­fires

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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.

Le­gal bon­fires

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.

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