GARDAI in Limerick city have asked shop owners not to sell eggs in large quantities to young people in case they are used to damage cars or homes over the Halloween period.
“Throwing eggs at unsuspecting drivers can cause accidents and throwing them at houses causes huge annoyance for the homeowners. If shop owners could keep this in mind, if young people come in trying to buy eggs in large amounts,” said Sgt Kevin Balfe, Henry Street.
“We also are reminding people that the elderly in our society living alone may become frightened by bangers and other loud devices set off during Halloween. Also loud noises from bangers and fireworks causes distress to animals, “he added.
Bangers are illegal and anyone found using these types of devices can be prosecuted and risk having a record as a result of these devices, gardai warned.
Sgt Balfe also noted the danger of fireworks, which have been responsible for many eye, face and hand injuries.
“I want also to point out that it is an offence to possess a firework for the purpose of sale, to ignite or cause a firework to be ignited - or to throw, direct or propel a firework towards a person or property,” he stated.
A person who is convicted of an offence in relation to fireworks can receive a prison sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to €2,500 in the District Court or up to five years imprisonment and a fine of up to €10,000 in the Circuit Court.
Sgt Balfe also pointed out about he dangers of having bonfires.
“We would advise against starting these fires, we would remind the public that they can cause damage to property and are very dangerous especially for children who might get too close and end up receiving burns; they also put unnecessary pressure on emergency services during what you can appreciate is a very busy period for all.”