Queenslanders looking to see 2020 out with a bang are urged to celebrate safely by enjoying only legal fireworks displays.
Resources Minister Scott Stewart said watching an organised public fireworks display is the safe and responsible way to enjoy fireworks during the holiday period.
“2020 has been a tough year for us all so the last thing anyone needs are serious injuries caused by illegal fireworks,” Mr Stewart said.
“While the number of fireworks displays will be significantly less this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will still be a number of displays controlled by experienced and licensed fireworks contractors.
“Using illegal fireworks can be fatal so it’s best to leave it for the professionals.
“Fireworks professionals are bound by strict safety laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for Queenslanders who want to celebrate.”
Mr Stewart said those who knew anyone selling or using fireworks illegally should contact the Queensland Police Service or an explosives inspector.
“Anyone caught illegally using or possessing fireworks can be prosecuted, with severe penalties up to a maximum $53,380 fine or six months imprisonment,” he said.
Mr Stewart also reminded pet owners to consider the impact of fireworks on their pets, which can easily be frightened by the sounds.
“Pets should be secured inside the house so they are comfortable in familiar surroundings and can’t run away in a distressed state,” he said.
To surrender fireworks without prosecution, contact the explosives inspector by calling 1300 739 868 and arrange for collection and disposal.
More information about fireworks in the community, including a full list of upcoming fireworks displays, is available at: www.qld.gov.au/emergency/safety/explosives-fireworks/fireworks/
Minister for Resources
The Honourable Scott Stewart