Published Wednesday, 21 March 2012
The family were at home at the time. (© UTV)
The home of Marian McGeehan's daughter was attacked in the Canterbury Park area of the city in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The mother of five awoke to the sound of a bang and when she looked outside, she saw flames and thought her car was on fire.
The device was thrown at the front door, blocking the family's exit. In order to escape, the mother and her children - four teenage girls and a boy aged 11 - had to climb over the banister of the stairs and leave by the back door.
Ms McGeehan said her daughter phoned her in a distraught state to inform her of the attack.
She drove to the house immediately and, on arrival, found her grandchildren in a distressed state.
"The kids were totally distraught, and stressed and in shock. My daughter is at a loss to know why this has happened and why is it happening in this day and age to a family that just want to live peacefully."
Ms McGeehan believes the attack was sectarian.
"A petrol bomb can kill and the children could have been killed - and she could have been killed.
"It's horrendous to think what could have happened. The children are so distraught they don't want to come back to the house at all."
She said paint-bombs were thrown at the house at Christmas time - but her daughter ignored the incident hoping things would settle down.
"I thought that we had moved on in this town - in this country - from that sort of behaviour. But obviously in certain places it's still happening and still going on and it's a disgrace."
Police are investigating and have asked anyone with information to come forward.