Firework fans are being urged to keep it family friendly this long weekend, as SafeWork NSW crack down on illegal behaviour, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said.
Mr Kean said the blitz follows an investigation into last year’s Terrigal Beach New Year’s Eve fireworks incident, where a shell misfired and ignited the other fireworks, damaging the barge and causing it to sink.
The investigation found no licenced pyrotechnician was on the barge, and those setting off the fireworks did not have a security clearance.
“Fireworks are not toys. They are highly dangerous explosives and can cause devastating injuries if they’re not handled with care,” Mr Kean said.
In NSW, the possession, use, storage and transport of fireworks is restricted to SafeWork NSW licence holders.
Mr Kean said this weekend’s blitz will target those doing the wrong thing with fireworks.
“SafeWork inspectors will come down hard on those who aren’t complying with their licence conditions, or illegally selling fireworks,” Mr Kean said.
“Any licenced pyrotechnician who breaches their licence conditions will face on the spot fines of up to $2,500, and have their licence cancelled immediately.
“The Terrigal Beach incident serves as a shocking reminder of how quickly things can go wrong when unqualified people play with fireworks.
“SafeWork has suspended the pyrotechnician for six months, he’s been fined $3,000, and banned from conducting barge displays in future.”
Anyone with information on the illegal use or sale of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. For information on approved fireworks displays or licencing requirements, visit www.safework.nsw.gov.au