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Illegal fireworks

Fireworks can only be bought, stored, transported and used by trained and licensed professionals. It has been illegal since 1972 for the general public in Queensland to possess or use fireworks.

Illegally sold fireworks are usually cheap imports of low quality—with high danger to unsuspecting, untrained and unauthorised buyers.

Illegal fireworks have caused serious injuries to children, adults, animals and property. You should be extremely wary of illegal supplies and avoid any areas where they are being used.

Possession of fireworks by unlicensed persons can incur a penalty of $48,760 and 6 months imprisonment.

If you are responsible for the loss or injury of an animal through your illegal use of fireworks, you may be held liable and accountable.

Information on illegal fireworks activities should be reported to the Explosives Inspectorate or to the police.

Always hire a trained and licensed professional for fireworks displays. Refer to the list of fireworks contractors.

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For complaints or enquiries about explosives and fireworks, contact the Explosives Inspectorate.

Last updated
20 October, 2016

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