Leave festive fireworks to the professionals

If handled incorrectly, fireworks can cause serious damage to property, significant personal injury or death.
Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018

With summer here and the festive season upon us, the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is reminding people that it is illegal to possess and use fireworks in Western Australia without an appropriate fireworks licence.

Dangerous Goods and Petroleum Safety Director Iain Dainty said that anyone involved in the illegal storage, transportation or use of fireworks would be referred to police if caught.

“Fireworks are extremely dangerous and must be stored, transported and used safely,” Mr Dainty said.

“Fireworks can be very dangerous if used by people who aren’t trained professionals.

“If you are in possession of fireworks or know someone who is, please don’t touch them - call the police.

“Do not dispose of fireworks in the rubbish bin, as this puts council workers and the public at risk.”

The department’s Dangerous Goods Officers will be monitoring firework events across the State to ensure approved fireworks displays are conducted safely.

“These displays are set up and run by trained professionals who understand the risks fireworks pose and put in the appropriate controls to mitigate these risks,” Mr Dainty said.

Such events are established in conjunction with local councils, police and fire and emergency services to ensure contingency plans are in place to protect the public.

During total fire bans, licensed pyrotechnics must apply for an exemption from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Information on storage, transport and handling of fireworks can be found on the department’s website as well as a list of approved fireworks events.