Illegal bangers for sale in city
Residents in the city are being terrorised by youths setting off bangers in bins and throwing the lit devices at pedestrians from speeding cars.
Youths in the city are buying 20 bangers for €5 from illegal sellers, according to Sinn Féin Cllr Thomas Gould, who said residents in the northside of the city are already in fear of Halloween.
He said bangers were already being ignited in wheelie bins and thrown at pedestrians from cars and now, action needs to be taken.
The 'Black Cat Bangers' are a common brand. The bangers are a small, red tube with a short fuse on top, lit by a lighter or match and resulting in a miniature explosion.
Cllr Gould said he was being inundated with calls from residents about bangers being set off in the dead of the night.
“People are asleep in their beds while these bangers are being set off at 1.30am. They’re afraid of their lives. It’s a terrifying sound, especially since they are being exploded in people’s wheelie bins,” he said.
Since 2006, it is an offence to be in possession of fireworks or bangers. According to the Department of Justice and Equality, bangers are classed by law as category two, three and four fireworks, which are regulated under Explosives Act 1875.
Under the Criminal Justice Act 2006, the possession or sale of these bangers are illegal and carry a fine of up to up to €10,000, five years imprisonment or both.
They can only be imported into the country under license and stored and sold in accordance with the explosives law. The only fireworks which can currently be legally bought and used in the State by the general public are the low hazard category one fireworks.
It is also an offence to throw an ignited firework at any person or property and to light unlicensed fireworks.
“Action needs to be taken now. There are elderly people, children and families at risk. And just this week, a person had a lit banger thrown at them while they were minding their own business and walking down the street.”
Meanwhile, his party colleague, Cllr Mick Nugent, said he also had received calls from residents at Ascension Heights.
“Bangers are being thrown at cars in the estate and residents are worried and disturbed,” he said.
The Gardaí issued a safety statement this week also, reminding members of the public that each year, children and young people suffer terrible injuries caused by fireworks, including burns, loss of limbs and serious eye injuries.