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Girl, 2, Burned By Firework That Was Thrown Into Garden By Stranger

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Girl, 2, Burned By Firework That Was Thrown Into Garden By Stranger

A two-year-old little girl has been injured after a firework was thrown into her family garden and burnt her face.

According to Belfast Live, the youngster was struck as she stood on the back doorstep with her parents.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The explosive actually set fire to the curtains at the patio doors or the property in Newry, Northern Ireland.

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A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for witnesses after a two year old child was injured by a firework thrown into the garden of her home in Rockfield Heights, Newry yesterday evening, Saturday 31 October.

"The little girl was standing on the back doorstep with her parents at around 8.15pm when the firework was thrown over the fence and struck her on her face causing a large burn. The firework then exploded and set alight the curtains on the patio doors, which were open. The child's coat was also burned.

"Police are asking for help in identifying those responsible. Please call police in Ardmore on 101, quoting reference 2463 31/10/20."

The little girl's injury. Credit: PSNI
The little girl's injury. Credit: PSNI
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This comes after footage emerged from Birmingham city centre of a gang throwing fireworks at each other as well as passing cars.

Dressed all in black, the yobs hurled the explosives into roads, narrowly missing passersby and passing cars, on Saturday night (31 October).

Huge bangs were heard at around 9pm as the thugs set off the fireworks near apartment blocks and concerned residents raised the alarm with the police twice amid fears innocent pedestrians or drivers would be hurt.

Stock image of fireworks. Credit: PA
Stock image of fireworks. Credit: PA
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A nearby resident that witnessed the commotion said: "I could see fireworks were being thrown at traffic and where passers by were walking and was really concerned someone would get hurt.

"I was considering phoning for an ambulance too as I was so sure someone would be seriously injured. I phoned the police twice because they hadn't come after half an hour, and the responder said they were dealing with a number of similar incidents in the area."

The youths - one wearing a bunny mask over their face - also sparked terror with locals in Masshouse apartments as they ran around shouting and shooting off fireworks at 'head height'.

A petition calling for the general sale of fireworks to be banned has garnered over 300,000 signatures. Parliament will debate the matter on 2 November 2020 according to the government's website.

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A response from 5 November 2019 reads: "The Government takes the matter of fireworks safety seriously. This includes protecting consumers and the public. Laws are in place to control firework availability and use."

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Topics: Police, UK News, News, Northern Ireland

Rebecca Shepherd
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