Major garda seizures of fireworks in Moville

Garda PJ Costello and Dermot Hegarty with some of the fireworks ceased during riads in Moville last week.  (1710JB99)
Garda PJ Costello and Dermot Hegarty with some of the fireworks ceased during riads in Moville last week. (1710JB99)

Gardai in Moville have made two major seizures of 1220 illegal fireworks in the area over the weekend.

On Thursday a dwelling house in Redcastle was searched under warrant and Gardai recovered approximately 150 bangers and 40 rockets.

Meanwhile on Friday, in a separate incident, as part of a crime prevention checkpoint in the Moville area, Gardai stopped a car and seized a further 700 bangers and 500 rockets.

A 19 year-old male occupant of the car was questioned and a file is being prepared to send to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to both of the seizures.

Superintendent Kevin English said these seizures were made as part of an ongoing investigation to counteract the unlawful possession of illegal fireworks in the Inishowen area.

He warned: “People found in possession of illegal fireworks are committing a serious offence, not to mention the dangers which often follow the after-effects of fireworks.

“The noise of fireworks in the run-up to Halloween can frighten the elderly, young children and pets and are a general nuisance on society at this time of the year,” he added.

Sergeant Stephen Lynch of Moville garda station yesterday described the fireworks haul as one of the biggest recovered in the Inishowen peninsula.

He said he believed the fireworks were destined for sale to young people in the run-up to Halloween.

An Gardai Siochana have stated they will continue to seek out illegal firework stashes in the peninsula. With Halloween just weeks away, letting off illegal fireworks has become more popular.

Praise

Moville Labour councillor Martin Farren praised and congratulated the Gardai on the seizure made over the weekend.

He added it is very important this type of crime is dealt with immediately.

“Obviously the people we are dealing have no concern for the public’s well being. If fireworks get into wrong hands they can cause serious damage and personal injury .

“It is unfortunate that this happens in our community at this time of year but I would urge people who are approached to buy illegal bangers to report this to the Gardai.

“The damage and harm these rockets to do to individuals is frightening and we’ve seem it too many times before.”

He concluded by saying he would again like to congratulate the local Gardai for doing an excellent job in relation to the seizures.