A woman and child escaped injury in Limavady on Monday after fireworks thrown narrowly missed them.
Police said following the incident, understood to have occurred at approximately 1.30pm in a car park in the Coolessan area, officers made two arrests for possession of fireworks and throwing fireworks in a public place.
“On Monday we received a report of three youths throwing fireworks. One of the fireworks landed close to a woman placing a child into a car. Fortunately, there were no injuries,” said a PSNI spokesperson.
“As a result, police responded and through information received, two arrests for possession of fireworks and throwing fireworks in a public place were made.”
One of those arrested is aged 15, and the other male is 22.
“There have been problems with fireworks in the area of the Glens estate Limavady and within the vicinity of the local shop for several weeks.
“The dangers of throwing fireworks should not be underestimated. They pose a risk to innocent people, and indeed to those with the fireworks themselves. We will be active throughout the town in the days up to Halloween. We want to hear about people who misuse fireworks, or of any suspicions of fireworks being illegally held or sold.
“Quite apart from the dangers, a conviction for a fireworks offence could have long-term effects on the future of those involved.”
Sinn Fein councillor Brenda Chivers condemned those involved.
“These people would need to realise that firewowrks are not a toy and can be very dangerous to themselves and to others. I also condemn those involved in selling fireworks without a licence, which has been introduced to protect people from the potential dangers fireworks can pose. My biggest fear is someone is going to be killed or lose a hand or finger, or permanently disfigured,” said Colr. Chivers.
SDLP councillor Gerry Mullan urged those involved in misusing fireworks to stop.
“Fireworks should be only used in controlled situations under licence and anyone selling illegal fireworks which, most likely, are not manufactured to recognised standards are playing with other people’s lives and deserve very heavy penalties for doing so. Jail is too good for them,” said Colr. Mullan.
Community representatives in the area have expressed concern about the matter, and urged those involved to stop “before someone is seriously injured, or worse”.
The ‘Journal’ has reported on the issue of anti social behaviour involving the misuse of fireworks in Limavady in recent weeks.