Several sources refer to the looting that took place on Sackville Street, Easter Monday, 1916. One of the most targeted shops by local children appears to have been Noblett’s sweet shop and Lawrence’s toy shop. Amongst the toys that were looted by the children from Lawrence’s was an amount of fireworks which produced both joy and tragedy.
‘A member of Fianna Eireann, Eamonn Bulfin, watched Lawrence’s from the roof of the GPO as ‘all the kids brought out a lot of fireworks… and set fire to them.’ He recalled the volunteers’ own bombs on the roof of the GPO as rockets ‘were shooting up in the sky. We were nervous. There were Catherine Wheels going up Sackville Street.’