North Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Conor Maskey has condemned the misuse and distribution of illegal fireworks following an incident in which the son of a well-respected local housing worker was left with a serious eye injury when struck by a firework.
Conor Maskey said:
“A lot of positive work has been done over the last number of years to deal with the issue of selling illegal fireworks. Through the New Lodge Safer Streets initiative, working in partnership with statutory agencies including the PSNI, the availability of these dangerous items has been reduced.
“This incident and the injury to the young person shows why illegal fireworks need to be taken off the streets. Those making a profit from selling these items, with clearly total disregard for the community, should cease immediately.
“Parents need to be extremely vigilant that their children are not handling these fireworks, both for their own safety and the safety of others.
“The community should send a clear signal to those that sell illegal fireworks that it is not acceptable and information on people selling them should be brought to the PSNI. My thoughts are with the family of the young man injured and hopefully he will make a full recovery.”