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Explosives regulator warns against illegal fireworks on Australia Day

24 January 2024

The state's resources regulator is reminding Queenslanders to do the right thing and leave the fireworks to licenced professionals over the upcoming long weekend.

Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) wants people to come forward and report any suspicious activity relating to explosives.

It comes after a 3-year record number of complaints were made about suspected illegal fireworks on New Year's Eve this year, with 57 complaints submitted to RSHQ's online and telephone hotline.

In 2022/2023 there were 38 complaints on New Year's Eve, and in 2021/2022 there were 43.

The number of complaints does not always equate to the number of illegal fireworks in use.

RSHQ’s Chief Inspector of Explosives Hermann Fasching said it’s great to see so many people coming forward to report suspicious activity. 

"Our 1300 739 868 hotline and complaints webpage operate 24/7 and there is always an inspector on call to take your complaint," said Mr Fasching.

"If you're reporting suspected illegal fireworks, please try to provide us with a name, address and video footage which gives us the best possible chance of catching the culprits.

"We know when fireworks are used incorrectly they can lead to serious injuries, so we'll be cracking down on anyone who risks the safety of those around them this Australia Day long weekend."

The penalty in Queensland for using illegal fireworks is up to 6 months imprisonment or a fine of up to $61,920.

So far there are 12 notified fireworks displays in Queensland for Friday 26 January.

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Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ) is the regulator of safety and health legislation across Queensland’s mining, quarrying, explosives (including fireworks) petroleum and gas industries. RSHQ’s priority is the safety and health of workers and the communities they operate in, with a vision of zero serious harm.

Media contact

Amy McCann

0457 094 250

media@rshq.qld.gov.au


Last updated: 24 Jan 2024