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Halloween: Two-year-old girl struck by firework in Newry

Halloween: Two-year-old girl


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A two-year-old has been harmed after a firecracker that was tossed into a nursery struck her on the face in Newry, County Down, on Saturday night.

Police have bid for data about the occurrence which occurred in Rockfield Heights at about 20:15 GMT.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said they encountered a 22% expansion in calls contrasted with last Halloween.

  • They got 83 crisis calls and groups reacted to 62 operational occurrences.
  • Of these occurrences 18 were blaze or Halloween related.
  • The NIFRS said there were additionally two separate episodes where individuals from general society tossed rockets, including firecrackers, at the fire administration.
  • The occurrences occurred between 18:00 GMT on the 31 October and 01:00 on 1 November.

Wellbeing Minister Robin Swann denounced the assaults, saying “it without a doubt homeless people conviction that anybody would think about this satisfactory conduct”.

“Fortunately, no wounds have been accounted for except for it might have turned out in an unexpected way,” he said.

‘Genuine outcomes’

Paddy Gallagher, from the NIFRS, said the expansion in calls was not startling given that there were no “pre-masterminded” functions.

“We had foreseen a possible expansion in the quantity of individuals who might be making their own game plans for Halloween night,” he said.

“We spoke to the network overall to guarantee they took more noteworthy consideration this year.

“Individuals don’t comprehend that firemen are important for their own locale and they work eagerly to go to individuals’ lives and gone to their guide in these regions.

“Their positions are risky enough without managing these dangers.

“These assaults are socially inadmissible as well as can have genuine results on our firemen’s wellbeing and the capacity to react to crises in these territories possibly the very individuals, or their families who, are assaulting them.”


Many significant functions to stamp Halloween in Northern Ireland were dropped for 2020 because of Covid limitations.

Prior this month, coordinators of the huge yearly festivals in Londonderry said it had canceled plans for a downsized firecrackers show.