Effects of fireworks on people, animals and property

Illegal use of fireworks can be dangerous to you and to  others and is a public nuisance.

People who use fireworks carelessly, or without knowing what  they're doing can be killed or maimed. They can also kill or maim others.

Fireworks can burn down houses, damage entertainment venues  such as nightclubs, frighten children and adults, cause bushfires, and terrify  pets and wildlife.

Noise from fireworks can cause distress, especially as  fireworks can sound like gunfire. The noise can also cause tinnitus and  deafness, or aggravate a nervous condition.

People  who suffer from asthma can experience discomfort and epileptics can experience  seizures following fireworks displays.

When  frightened by fireworks, horses and dogs have been known to injure themselves  and others by running away, potentially causing accidents and damage to  property.

For  these reasons, animal owners who have been advised of an authorised fireworks  display are urged to keep their dogs, cats and other pets inside the house, so  that the animals are safe and can’t run away. Horse owners should take steps to  protect their animals.

A calming  shirt can help relieve a dog’s anxiety relating to fireworks, thunderstorms and  gunshots. To find out more about these products, search the web for ‘dog  calming shirt’ or ‘dog anxiety treatment’.


Illegal use of fireworks is an offence and carries a  penalty. The maximum penalty is $52,250 or 6 months imprisonment.

Also, if you are responsible for the loss or injury of an  expensive animal through your illegal use of fireworks, you may be sued for  damages.

Related links

  • View the list of upcoming fireworks for  awareness of fireworks in your area.
  • Download poster—Keeping  the community safe and secure from fireworks.