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About fireworks

This section provides information  about the safe and legal use of fireworks in the community, including planning a  fireworks display, on locating a licensed fireworks contractor, a list of upcoming fireworks displays and the dangers of illegal fireworks.

Types of fireworks

Categories of fireworks include unrestricted fireworks,  display fireworks, close proximity fireworks, special effects fireworks and  strings of firecrackers. Fireworks that were once used by Queenslanders on ‘cracker  night’ have been prohibited since 1972.

Unrestricted fireworks

  • may be bought by the general public through  retail outlets
  • include sparklers, bonbons, streamer cones and  caps for toy guns
  • do not require a licence.

Display fireworks

  • are intended for use in outdoor public displays  such as fetes, shows and other major events and include:
    • strings  of crackers used during Chinese New Year celebrations
    • ground  level fireworks which primarily function from ground level and may project  burning stars and other effects (e.g. mines, roman candles and fountains)
    • aerial  fireworks designed to be fired from a mortar into the air where they burst  (e.g. star shells and salute shells).
  • may only be used by licensed professionals.

Close proximity fireworks

  • are used in venues such as theatres or concert  halls
  • may only be used by licensed professionals.

Special effects fireworks

  • are designed to produce a specific effect (e.g.  a flash, sound or smoke for theatrical productions)
  • may only be used by licensed professionals.

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