One million pounds worth of fireworks seized in Dublin raid curtails the illegal street trade in Halloween bangers and rockets.
Following a raid at an industrial estate in Greenogue, west Dublin, gardaí have seized one million pounds worth of fireworks. It is believed to be the biggest ever haul of fireworks in the state.
Small seizures of fireworks in the west of Dublin led gardaí to believe a major distributor was operating in the area. Two women have been arrested and a number of other people are being sought with connection to the seizure at Greenogue.
Superintendent Edward Finucane of Ballyfermot Garda station says,
We're in the early stages of the investigation at the moment and the investigation is ongoing.
The seizure is the result of a special initiative by An Garda Síochána to rid the streets of illegal fireworks in the run up to Halloween. Fireworks are illegal in Ireland and highly dangerous in the hands of children.
The fireworks seized are mainly English made. They are extremely high quality and are the type used in street displays. Such is the scale of the haul that it will be driven to a remote spot to be destroyed by the army.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 October 2000. The reporter is Eilis Brennan.