Fireworks are not allowed on Halloween; if convicted, he / she must face up to five years in prison and a fine of €10K
Dublin: The government has warned that anyone celebrating Halloween with fireworks could face up to five years in prison and a €10,000 fine.
The move comes amid reports that illegal firecracker use is affecting the elderly and pets.
It also warns that illegal fireworks in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are threatening people’s lives. The impact of the fireworks could even take the lives of those with serious health problems.
It was also reported that this will put pressure on health workers and other officials involved in the fight against Covid.
Justice Minister Helen McEntee said a fine of €10,000 and up to five years in prison is necessary because of the potential for serious accidents caused by the fireworks.
It is very dangerous for untrained and unlicensed people to use fireworks. Because fireworks are explosives. This can cause damage to our organs or possibly even death.
Compared to previous years, the safety of those active in the fight against Covid this year also needs to be ensured. It is difficult to set up special facilities for the treatment of those seriously injured in illegal fireworks as part of Halloween during Covid defense operations. This will put more stress on health workers.
McEntee strongly warns that outdoor events related to Halloween will not be allowed in the context of the Covid spread.
The minister said it is a crime to organise outdoor events attend by more than 15 people and the Garda would take stern action against them.