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Appeal to parents – dangers of illegal fireworks

30 September, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said appealed to parents not to buy or allow their children to play with illegal fireworks after being inundated with complaints in the past week about their usage particularly in the Bogside.

Ms Anderson said:

"Over the past week a number of residents from different parts of the city have contacted Sinn Féin about the use of illegal fireworks. Some of those were quite distressed about fireworks that are being let off near their homes on a nightly basis.

"Fireworks are a recurring problem year after year and there is a great danger of someone's home being set on fire or an oil tank going on fire putting lives at risk.

"It is highly irresponsible of anyone to sell or supply these very dangerous fireworks to young children and we would call on them to desist from this. If there is a fire or some child is hurt the blame will lie solely on their doorstep. Parents need to be aware of the fact that these fireworks are being fired playfully at other children as well as adults and passing cars, and this could lead to serious injury or death.

"We have no problem with legal fireworks being used in a safe and supervised manner but throwing rockets at other people, their homes and cars, is not what could be described as safe. Sinn Féin would appeal to those selling illegal and sub standard fireworks to desist as it is nothing but a blight on our communities." ENDS

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