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Matt Kean
Minister for Better Regulation

Have a safe, cracker of a time this New Year’s Eve

At least 450 fireworks events have been registered with SafeWork NSW ahead of New Year’s Eve.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean said SafeWork NSW is targeting the illegal sale and use of fireworks, in the lead up to the celebrations.

“Our inspectors will be out and about, ensuring anyone who is working with fireworks on New Year’s Eve is doing it in a way that keeps families and onlookers safe,” Mr Kean said.

Mr Kean said the possession, use, storage and transportation of fireworks is restricted to SafeWork NSW licence holders.

“Fireworks can be dangerous and even deadly. Anyone caught selling, purchasing or using fireworks without a licence could face a fine of up to $27,500 and 12 months in jail,” Mr Kean said.

During the 2017 Christmas and New Year Period, SafeWork NSW compliance activities resulted in the seizure of 150kg of fireworks, the cancellation of one pyrotechnician’s licence and the suspension of two others in relation to unaccounted fireworks. 

“Police have made two significant seizures of illegal fireworks in the past two weeks - one in Ballina and the other in Western Sydney. SafeWork is assisting with these investigations,” Mr Kean said.

“We’ve seen too many people killed and injured by the illegal use of fireworks in the past. It’s just not worth the risk. New Year’s Eve should be memorable for all the right reasons – not because a loved one maimed by fireworks.

“Our SafeWork NSW inspectors will be monitoring real life events, as well as online activity, to make sure families are safe while ringing in the New Year.”

Anyone with information on the illegal use or sale of fireworks should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. Information on approved fireworks displays or licensing requirements is available by calling SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50 or visiting www.safework.nsw.gov.au