Dublin now has an annual fireworks problem that starts as early as August, a local councillor says.
Fireworks are not a new problem for the capital or other urban areas - they've long been associated with the weeks before (and sometimes after) Halloween.
However, local residents and representatives in some areas have become increasingly concerned about how early bangers and other fireworks are being let off.
The loud explosions can prove upsetting for dogs and other pets, not to mention the health and safety concerns that go along with people - often teenagers - using illegal fireworks.
Darcy Lonergan, Green Party Councillor for Cabra-Glasnevin in Dublin, told Newstalk Breakfast she has already encountered fireworks this year.
She said: “Just the other day I was walking home from a summer camp at around 1:30 pm, and there was a group of kids letting off some fireworks.
“Although we think it is early - and every year we have this conversation - it’s actually not early. It tends to be when they go back to school.
“This has been happening for the last two years - it has been beginning to happen in August."
Councillor Lonergan said this is a problem that impacts everybody in an area, and fireworks are now often let off during the day as well as at night.
She said there are measures in place to try to crack down on the use of fireworks, but not enough.
She said: “The gardaí do have operations… I think last year they got €35,000 worth of fireworks. We have seen reports of them seizing fireworks.
“I think the problem is they need more resources to put into this.”
She also noted that many fireworks aren't illegal in Northern Ireland, suggesting a crackdown is now needed along the border to stop fireworks being smuggled into the Republic.