Crackdown on illegal fireworks on Australia Day
The NSW Government is warning residents to avoid turning their Australia Day into a fizzer by ensuring they do not buy or set off fireworks.
Head of SafeWork NSW Natasha Mann said partygoers caught with fireworks without a licence in the lead up to or on January 26 will find themselves in hot water, after reports of several illegal displays on New Year’s Eve.
“Most people behaved themselves when they farewelled 2022 but unfortunately some people across the State decided to break rules designed to keep the community safe,” Ms Mann said.
“Fireworks can cause serious injury or death if not handled correctly, which is why we will take a zero tolerance approach when it comes to people putting their life and the lives of others at risk.
Ms Mann said SafeWork NSW Inspectors will carry out compliance checks of registered displays across the State in the lead up to the public holiday and warned anyone caught illegally selling or buying fireworks will face the full force of the law.
“Targeting the unlawful use of fireworks in NSW is a priority for SafeWork NSW. The community should be able to celebrate Australia Day with family and friends unscathed,” she said.
“Anyone selling, buying, storing, transporting or setting off fireworks without authorisation faces fines of up to $27,500 and 12 months in prison.”
“SafeWork NSW requires people who buy, store and set off fireworks to hold a licence under the Explosives Act 2003 due to their dangerous nature,” Ms Mann said.
Anyone with information on the illegal sale or use of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
To search for registered fireworks displays across New South Wales visit here.
For more information on explosives and fireworks safety visit the SafeWork NSW website here.