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Explosives Inspectorate | Alert | No.102 V | 31 December 2020

Unsafe transport of fireworks in a passenger vehicle

What happened?

Explosives Inspectors have observed a number of examples of non-compliant stowage of fireworks in passenger vehicles, in contravention with the requirements of the Australian Explosives Code for the Transport of Explosives by Road and Rail 3rd Edition (AEC). The fireworks stowed in the load space (boot) of the vehicle were observed to be unprotected, and at risk of impact and damage from other tools and equipment. Essentially the fireworks were stowed without due care.

How did it happen?

The authority holders were not complying with the specific requirements of the AEC and in particular, the requirements of the Explosives Regulation 2017.  Insufficient effort had been made by the authority holders to ensure the fireworks were stowed in a manner that would protect them from accidental damage from the other unrestrained items in the vehicle’s load space.

Key issues


All authority holders (fireworks contractors and operators) involved in the transport of fireworks are required to ensure that they meet their duties and responsibilities as documented in the AEC for the transport of explosives by road.

This includes the following:

Investigations are ongoing and further information may be published as it becomes available. The information in this publication is what is known at the time of writing.

We issue Safety Notices to draw attention to the occurrence of a serious incident, raise awareness of risks, and prompt assessment of your existing controls.

References and further information

Authorised by Alex Mandl - Chief Inspector – Explosives

Contact: Chris Donovan, Principal Inspector of Explosives , 0409 580 435

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

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