Enjoy a safe New Year at organised public fireworks displays

The best way to celebrate the New Year with fireworks is at a Queensland organised public display, Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said today.

“Watching an organised public fireworks display is a much safer option than putting yourself and others at risk by illegally using fireworks,” Dr Lynham said.

“Licensed fireworks contractors are professionals who are bound by strict safety laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for Queenslanders.”

“A list of upcoming, and organised fireworks displays can be found at dnrm.qld.gov.au

“It has been illegal in Queensland since 1972 for anyone other than a licensed fireworks operator to buy, possess or use fireworks.

“Unfortunately, some members of the public still put themselves and others at risk of serious injury or death by illegal use of fireworks,” he said.

“Fireworks are dangerous explosives and can result in horrendous injuries including severe burns, loss of sight and loss of limbs.

“As a surgeon I have often witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of illegal fireworks.

“Anyone caught illegally using or possessing fireworks can be prosecuted, with severe penalties up to a maximum $47,120 fine or six months imprisonment.

“People attending, or near fireworks displays should also consider the impact of fireworks on their pets which can easily be frightened by the sound of fireworks.

"Pets should be secured inside the house or garage so they are comfortable in familiar surroundings and can’t run away in a distressed state.

Dr Lynham said 213 people in Queensland have been prosecuted under the Explosives Act 1999 for fireworks offences in the past two years.

“Anyone who has illegal fireworks should surrender them to an explosives inspector by calling 1300 739 868 to arrange for them to be collected, with no questions asked," he said.

More information about fireworks in the community is available at qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/explosives-fireworks/fireworks/

 

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