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One hospitalised after firework attack sets Co Down house ablaze

The fire caused by the fireworks caused significant damage to the property

One person was taken to hospital after the fireworks caused a fire in the house Pic Pacemaker

Jamie McDowell

The PSNI have appealed for information following a report of arson in County Down on Tuesday.

Police received a report a window at a property in the Clanrye Avenue area had been broken before fireworks were thrown inside shortly after 9.00pm.

The fireworks subsequently caused a fire which was extinguished by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service when they arrived on the scene.

The PSNI were also in attendance at the incident.

One person was taken to hospital for treatment after the attack and the fire caused extensive damage.

Detective Sergeant McCarragher said: “Unfortunately, at this time of year we begin to see an increase in incidents involving fireworks. The misuse of fireworks, which are essentially made up of explosive materials, is an extremely reckless act, which can result in serious harm and life-changing injuries.

“It is illegal to possess, sell, handle or use fireworks if you do not have a licence and, if detected, you can be fined up to £5,000 for breaking the law.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information or who witnessed this incident and has yet to come forward, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1988 of 26/10/21.”

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