26 September 2023

Border checks fly high for NT fireworks

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Officers from Resources Safety and Health Queensland and Queensland Police Service are conducting random checks on the border with the Northern Territory to stop illegal fireworks being brought into the State.

A billboard on the main highway from the Northern Territory has been installed to remind people not to bring fireworks from Territory Day celebrations into Queensland.

People caught with illegal fireworks risk fines of up to $57,000 or six months’ imprisonment.

Minister for Resources, Scott Stewart said the message wasclear — unauthorised use of fireworks was illegal in Queensland, so don’t risk a fine or worse.

“For one day a year Territorians are permitted to buy and use fireworks to celebrate Territory Day on 1 July, but unfortunately, many of these fireworks are brought into Queensland illegally,” Mr Stewart said.

“Why would you risk it when you can enjoy lots of free, safe and authorised displays of fireworks around the State?

Deputy Chief Inspector of Explosives for Resources Safety and Health Queensland, Snezana Bajic said explosives inspectors often worked with the Queensland Police Service to seize explosive materials and prosecute offenders.

“Fireworks contain explosive material that can become unstable with age, improper handling and storage,” Dr Bajic said.

“Our inspectors see the tragic aftermath of fireworks misuse firsthand, such as children with third-degree burns, horses injured by running terrified into fences, and fire-damaged property,” she said.

Information relating to authorised fireworks displays and details can be accessed at this PS News link.

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