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Man who had fireworks but no licence caught after advertising them for sale on Facebook

He been posting on Facebook under an account called 'Firework Joe'


An Armagh man was caught with fireworks in his home without a licence after making social media posts advertising them for sale.

Court heard the 30-year-old had been posting on Facebook under an account called ‘Firework Joe’.

William Rooney, of Ballynahone Crescent, pleaded guilty to possessing fireworks without a licence at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on October 2019, police became aware of a Facebook page called ‘Firework Joe’ which was making multiple posts regarding fireworks for sale.

They then observed that the defendant, who was a suspect, was promoting the selling of the fireworks on his own page.

Police conducted a search on Rooney’s home address on October 24 during which a number of fireworks were recovered.

The defendant openly admitted to police that he did not hold a licence to be in possession of the fireworks.

Rooney, who represented himself, made no comment in court regarding the offence.

District Judge Alan White ordered the defendant to pay a fine of £100, along with an offender’s levy of £15.

A destruction order was also made with regards to the fireworks.

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