Halloween festivities have created a very busy evening for emergency services with Dublin Fire Brigade responding to an estimated 250 call-outs since midday.

Fire crews in the west have attended three bonfires that were in danger of burning out of control while in Munster fire crews attended four bonfires across the region in Limerick city, Co Tipperary and Waterford city.

Dublin Fire Brigade said eggs were thrown at one of their vehicles over the course of yesterday evening.

A window was broken in the same vehicle last week.

Chief Fire Officer Pat Fleming said one of the most serious bonfires occurred when stockpiled material was set alight.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr Fleming said that although bonfires and fireworks are illegal people will still attend events and potentially put themselves in harm's way.

In relation to bonfires he said that onlookers are exposed to toxic fumes, "when firefighters go into areas like that they're wearing breathing apparatus. You don't know what's actually in a bonfire. They're may be aerosol cans, they're may be gas cylinders which can explode."

He also warned that illegal fireworks do not come with the same safety requirements as ones used by professionals and have the potential to self-detonate, causing serious hand or facial injuries.

Mr Fleming said that the reality is that some people may end up in an emergency departmentstonight and "that’s something we want to try and avoid".

He also urged people who may attend a bonfire to always stand well back from the blaze and cautioned that some Halloween costumes can be highly flammable.

"If you notice somebody, that their clothes are on fire then stop, drop and roll is the best method of putting that fire out".

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