Fireworks launched at children
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.