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Saturday 14 December 2019

Warning over fireworks after teen seriously hurt

Fireworks are potentially dangerous. Photo: Gordan Gledec
Fireworks are potentially dangerous. Photo: Gordan Gledec

A teenager who suffered serious injuries when a firework exploded in his face had been arrested days earlier after allegedly throwing a firework at a garda patrol car.

The 17-year-old suffered an eye injury when the firework exploded in the Fassaugh Avenue area of Cabra last Friday.

A 15-year-old also suffered severe injuries to his hand in the same incident at around 10pm.

The Herald has learned that the older youth had been arrested the Monday before the incident after a firework was thrown at a garda patrol car.

Sources said the 17-year-old had been out with a number of other youths when they were approached by a garda vehicle.

"A firework was thrown from the crowd at the squad car and the juvenile was arrested," a source said.

"After being released, he was warned by gardai about the dangers of fireworks.

"It is very unfortunate that this has happened," the source added.

It is understood that the youth was later detained by gardai for fireworks offences.

No damage was caused to the garda patrol car during the incident.

Exploded

Just days later, the same teenager suffered an injury to his eye when a firework exploded in his face.

Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) issued a warning about the danger of fireworks.

On Saturday, the fire service tweeted: "Yesterday evening, our paramedics attended a youth with eye and facial injuries and [another with] a severely deformed hand due to a firework.

"Fireworks are sold on the black market with NO recognised safety tests.

"Talk to your children (and adults) about the life-changing dangers of fireworks," the DFB added.

The teenagers were rushed to the Mater and Temple Street Hospitals for treatment.

Gardai in Cabra are investigating the incident.

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