Northern Ireland

North Belfast: Man struck by firework in fish and chip shop

North Belfast chop shop
Image caption The incident happened at a fish and chip shop in north Belfast

A man has suffered burns after he was hit by what police have described as a "large firework rocket" in north Belfast.

Police said the firework was dropped through the doorway of a fish and chip shop by an "unknown male".

The incident happened at about 21:15 BST on Friday at the shop in Alliance Avenue.

The man was taken to hospital where he is described as being in a stable condition.

Condemning the incident, North Belfast SDLP assembly member Nichola Mallon said: "Fireworks aren't toys, they can cause serious injury and they can cause considerable damage to property and they need to be used responsibly.

"So I would send a very clear message to parents and to young people to realise the dangers of fireworks."

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee said: "Hopefully the injured man will make a full and speedy recovery but it must have been a very traumatic experience."

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them.