Firefighters are urging parents not to buy illegal fireworks for their children this Halloween. 

They are asking people to attend family events organised by local councils, rather than illegal fireworks and bonfire displays.

Last year Dublin Fire Brigade received over 900 calls on Halloween night -including over 300 ambulance call-outs most of which were Halloween injury-related.

This year parents and children are being warned about the dangers of fireworks and bonfires.

They are being advised that there is the potential for life-changing injuries as a result of accidents at unsupervised events.

Possessing fireworks with intent to sell or supply, throwing an ignited firework, or importing them are all offences.

They can result in fines of up to €10,000 or sentences of up to five years in jail.

Last year Gardaí say 168 incidents involving fireworks were reported to them with 123 seizures of explosives worth over €17,500.

People are also being asked to respect the emergency services if they are called out to a fire and let them do their job safely.

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