It’s illegal to buy, possess and use fireworks in Queensland, but is it time for that to change?
The government traditionally issues a reminder to steer clear of illegal fireworks ahead of the big NYE celebrations (even though they look so fun!), and this year the unpopular task fell to Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps.
“Watching an organised public fireworks display is a much safer option than putting yourself and others at risk by using illegal fireworks,” he said in a statement.
“There are a number of public fireworks displays planned for many communities across Queensland on New Years Eve, so I strongly urge people to bring in the New Year happily and safely at these events, rather than risking injury at illegal events.
“It has been illegal in Queensland since 1972 for anyone, other than a licensed fireworks operator, to buy, possess or use fireworks, but unfortunately some people still put themselves and others at risk of serious injury or death by using them illegally.
“Fireworks are dangerous explosives and can result in horrendous injuries including severe burns, loss of sight and loss of limbs.
“Anyone caught illegally using or possessing fireworks can be prosecuted, with severe penalties up to a $45,540 fine or six months imprisonment.”
Do you think fireworks should be legal? Or are you glad they’re banned? Vote in our poll and have your say in the comments below!
UPDATE: Our poll has closed, and you don’t want your fireworks back. 76 per cent of you said they’re dangerous, noisy and scare pets, so who needs them; 23 per cent of you do want your fireworks back, and 1 per cent of you didn’t know fireworks were illegal to start with!