Girl, 2, suffers large burn on her face after thug throws firework into garden

Police in Northern Ireland are hunting a thug who threw a firework which hit a two-year-old girl in the face

The incident, at Rockfield Heights, Newry, left the toddler with a large burn on the side of her face.

Police are now appealing for witnesses as they hunt for those responsible and released a picture of the girl's injuries.

The girl who was standing on the back doorstep of the family home when someone threw the pyrotechnic, according to BelfastLive.

Her coat was burned as were curtains on the patio doors, which were open.

It was a grisly statistic on a night when calls to the fire service were up 22% on Halloween.

The service took 83 emergency calls between 6am on October 31 and 1am on Sunday morning, with 18 of them bonfire or "Halloween related".

In two separate incidents fire officers encountered "hostile members of the public throwing missiles, including fireworks, at crews.

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A PSNI spokesman 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, October 31.

"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."

Anyone wishing to buy, possess and use fireworks (except indoor fireworks and sparklers) in Northern Ireland must have a valid fireworks licence issued by the department of justice.

You cannot legally buy fireworks without showing your licence to the retailer when purchasing.

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