A giant Minion measuring more than 10 metres high disrupted traffic when it came loose from its moorings and fell into a road in Dublin, Ireland.

The inflatable character, from the Despicable Me film franchise, was advertising a temporary fairground in the city.

Dublin city councillor Paul McAuliffe was quoted in the Irish Times as saying: “I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but if that had landed on a cyclist, for instance, it could have been serious.

“If you take the Minion part of it out, if this was a large inflatable weather balloon that had not been properly tethered, there would be no humour in this story at all.”

According to the Irish Times Cllr McAuliffe referred the incident to the City Council’s planning enforcement department to investigate if the inflatable cartoon character was the subject of any planning regulation and to determine if appropriate health and safety measures were in place.