Dublin Fire Brigade, gardaí, the ISPCA and the Minister for Justice have all warned about the dangers of using fireworks this Halloween and urged people not to buy or sell them.

Speaking at an event at the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Minister Heather Humphreys said significant penalties of fines of up to €10,000 or up to five years in prison can be imposed on those selling or using illegal fireworks if convicted.

Chief Fire Officer in Dublin City Council Dennis Keeley said colleagues have seen first-hand the catastrophic consequences and long-lasting devastation fireworks can have on people

He said he would strongly advise people not to use them for their own safety and the safety of the community.

The minister also said a media campaign highlighting the dangers would begin next Monday on local radio stations in the capital, as well as across social media and Spotify.

Ms Humphreys also said: "Our grandparents, elderly friends and those with sensory issues have faced a particularly difficult time over the last 18 months. Fireworks going off in proximity to their homes causes unnecessary additional distress."

Gardaí have said 'Operation Tombola', which is designed to prevent and detect the sale and supply of fireworks, began last month in response to concerns and will in place in the run up to 31 October.

They have also said they will be deploying the Divisional Public Order Units on Halloween night and that social media will be monitored for any information regarding anti-social behaviour and the use of fireworks

Legislation came into effect in 2006, which made it an offence to possess a firework with intent to sell or supply, without a licence; light unlicensed fireworks; throw or direct a lit firework at any person or property.