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Police issue fireworks warning ahead of NYE

Friday, 29th December, 2017

A load of fireworks that were recently seized by WorkSafe NSW. PICTURE: Supplied A load of fireworks that were recently seized by WorkSafe NSW. PICTURE: Supplied

By Andrew Robertson

Local police are warning New Year revellers they face hefty fines if caught letting off illegal fireworks.

Barrier police Inspector Yvette Smith said yesterday she was not aware of any fireworks being sold in the city recently, despite a number being set off on Christmas night.

But with New Year’s Eve only a few days away she said police were reminding everyone of the dangers of fireworks and the consequences users faced if caught with them. 

Penalties apply for people found to be in possession, using, storing, transporting or selling fireworks, with each offence attracting a $1,000 on-the-spot fine.

“While we don’t want to be known as the ‘fun police’, we do want families across Barrier Local Area Command to welcome in the New Year, which includes not placing themselves, family or friends at risk of injury by using illegal fireworks,” Insp. Smith said.

“Fireworks should always be set off by trained and licensed people who know how to manage relevant risks to ensure they are used safely.” 

Insp. Smith said using illegal fireworks could result in burns, deafness, blindness, amputation of limbs and even death.

“They can also be unstable when they have not been stored correctly, which will increase the risk of injury.”

The warning comes as almost 150 kilos of fireworks were this week seized from a northern Sydney property.

SafeWork NSW acted on a tip-off and inquiries suggested they were going to be sold or used illegally, according to Minister for Better Regulation, Matt Kean. 

Insp. Smith said if people knew of anyone selling fireworks locally they should call the local station on 8087 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

“If on New Year’s Eve you know someone who is illegally using fireworks, please contact your local station and we will have police attend as soon as they can,” she said.         

“Everyone enjoys spectacular public fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and with displays being held at Broken Hill and Mildura, we strongly encourage you to attend these events.”

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