A brisk trade in illegal fireworks comes with safety warnings about the dangers of Halloween illuminations and bonfires.

Under the 1875 Explosives Act, the sale of fireworks is illegal in Ireland. Only organised licensed public firework displays are permitted. In the run up to Halloween street traders in Dublin city centre are doing great business in firework sales, with only a minimum of discretion.

The range of goods on offer was impressive but very pricey.

On Henry Street in Dublin, an array of fireworks can be purchased for £10.

All of them openly on sale, totally illegally, in front of the GPO.

Each year the emergency services deal with serious injuries caused by fireworks, mainly to hands and eyes. The National Safety Council (NSC) has issued its annual warning about the dangers of illegal fireworks and bonfires. Pat Costello of the NSC asks parents and bonfire organisers to ensure the location for the bonfire and the materials used are suitable.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 29 October 1989. The reporter is Shane McElhatton.

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