04/11/2019

PSNI: Firework Arson Attack Had Potential To Cause Tragedy

Police have said an arson attack using fireworks could have ended in tragedy this morning.

Fire crews were called to a property in the Rossnareen Road area of west Belfast in the early hours of Monday 04 November. It's understood that fireworks had been set alight and in turn ignited a bin bag full of waste in the stairwell of the property.

Inspector James Murphy slammed those responsible for the "reckless" incident, saying: "This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable. Everyone should be able to feel safe in their homes and not feel afraid by the reckless behaviour of others.
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"Throwing fireworks at anything or anyone is irresponsible and it is important to remember they are made from explosive material and, if misused, can cause serious and life-changing injuries.

"This reckless action could have resulted in something more serious and we are lucky not to be dealing with a tragic incident.

"It's important to remember fireworks are made from explosive material and, if misused, can cause serious and life changing injuries."

Police enquiries are continuing and anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area is urged to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 106 of 04/11/19. Alternatively, details can be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG/CM)

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