Fire­works launched at children

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER and SI­MON BROUDER

GAR­DAÍ are in­ves­ti­gat­ing af­ter men in dis­guised cars raced through Bal­ly­long­ford vil­lage on Hal­loween night throw­ing fire­works from the cars straight at ter­ri­fied children and teenagers who were forced to seek shel­ter in the lo­cal chip­per and un­der the bridge.

Wit­nesses said that three cars – all with their number plates cov­ered up – were in­volved in the in­ci­dent which lasted a number of hours.

“They were pet­ri­fied,” said par­ent, Siob­han Stack.

“You don’t ex­pect this to hap­pen here.”

Adults and children who were out ‘trick or treat­ing’ had to run for cover when the cars – each full of men some of whom were wear­ing masks – sped through the vil­lage as their oc­cu­pants flung lit fire­works and bangers from the ve­hi­cles.

A number of children had to hang off a bridge to find cover while oth­ers were forced to take refuge in a nearby shop.

The cars made sev­eral laps of the vil­lage, con­tin­u­ally hurl­ing fire­works from the ve­hi­cles, be­fore speed­ing from the area.

While no one was se­ri­ously hurt a number of the adults and children are un­der­stood to have suf­fered minor in­juries, in­clud­ing cuts and grazes.

Many of the teeangers too cover in Eileen Stack’s house. She said the sit­u­a­tion was ‘crazy’.

“It is just not right.” Gar­daí are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses – or any­one with any in­for­ma­tion – to come for­ward as they at­tempt to iden­tify the cul­prits, a task garda sources ad­mit­ted will be made more dif­fi­cult by the fact that the cars’ li­cence plates were ob­scured-and the lack of CCTV.

The in­ci­dent marred what was oth­er­wise de­scribed by Gar­daí as be­ing a “rel­a­tively peace­ful” Hal­loween around the county.

Kerry’s Fire Ser­vice had a busy night, re­spond­ing to 20 in­ci­dents across the county.

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