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Gardai confiscate major haul of “harmless” fireworks as part of Halloween clampdown

Gardaí have seized almost €20,000 worth of illegal fireworks after raiding a premises in Sligo as part of a large-scale crackdown on illegal fireworks ahead of Halloween, reports The Mirror.

Fireworks and a small amount of suspected cocaine were discovered at a children’s home in Sligo on Wednesday after 6.30pm. The arrest is under investigation.

The action was carried out as part of Operation Tombola, the aim of which was to raise awareness of the dangers posed by illegal fireworks, as well as to draw attention to the regulations prohibiting their possession, reports The Mirror.

The sale, possession or use of fireworks is illegal in Ireland.

It is also illegal to possess fireworks legally purchased outside your jurisdiction before bringing them into the state.

Gardaí have warned that they will be confiscating fireworks this Halloween and anyone found in possession of such items will face prosecution.

“Fireworks can cause great distress to farm animals and family pets, and there is always the possibility of outbreaks of fires in properties if fireworks continue to burn after landing,” said a Garda spokesperson, reports The Mirror.

“Operation Tombola sees An Garda Síochána work with partners and stakeholders to increase understanding on the harm fireworks may cause as Halloween approaches, while also highlighting the legislation which prevents the possession of unlicensed fireworks,” they added, reports The Mirror.

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