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Friday 23 February 2018

Firefighters kept busy but no serious injuries as Halloween bonfires burn across the capital on Halloween night

Young people pass a Halloween bonfire in Darndale. Photo: Arthur Carron
Young people pass a Halloween bonfire in Darndale. Photo: Arthur Carron

The capital's firefighters were busy from midday yesterday tackling Halloween bonfires.

However, no major injuries had been reported by early last night.

Parents kept their young children far back from the fires amid concerns over aerosols and other dangerous items exploding.

The fusillade of fireworks rang out from across the north side of the city as some adults and teenagers threw wooden pallets full of nails, fridges, sofas and plastic bin bags on to vast piles to be burnt.

"Welcome to Beirut," said Ines Casarigeo (25), from Spain, referring to a seven-metre-high inferno on Railway Street.

One little girl in a clown costume burst into tears as a firework narrowly missed her.

Elsewhere, Darndale resident Suzanne Bollard (41) was out at a fire with her friend's young children.

However, she was one of many adults ensuring that kids were far away from the flames.

"All the kids want to come out to see the fires, but at the end of the day we don't know just what's in them, so we keep the kids back," said Suzanne.

"Everyone is keeping the youngsters safe tonight."

Spent fireworks fell from the sky at some of the fires as children played nearby in their costumes.

Lisa, David, Maggie and Frances Deegan enjoy the bonfires on Halloween in Darndale. Photo: Arthur Carron
Lisa, David, Maggie and Frances Deegan enjoy the bonfires on Halloween in Darndale. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gangs of teenagers also began to parade close by to the flames.

Dublin Fire Brigade's Rathfarnham tender, Delta 81, put out a Halloween fire near Ticknock, Sandyford.

Elsewhere, Kilbarrack Fire Station was alerted to a car blaze during the night.

The station's B Watch had to don breathing apparatus to deal with the blaze.

Frances Egan took young children out for the evening in Darndale and was also cautious in not letting them stray anywhere near the fires," said Frances.

"It's very peaceful, and that's the way we like it.

"But there's no way any of the children are going near the fire because no one knows what's in them."

Worry

Another woman with young children said: "It's quiet now, but we do worry what it'll be like later into the night.

"You can see the teenagers are very close to the fire and they tend to start drinking later on.

"I have relatives who actually go away to avoid Halloween.

"They're on edge the whole time with the fires going on, the bangers and the teenagers out drinking, so they just go away instead so they don't have to deal with it."

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