NSW residents have been warned that the illegal use of fireworks in the lead up to Australia Day could cost them more than $27,000 in fines.
Partygoers caught with fireworks without a licence in the next two days will be liable for a fine or a one-year- stint in jail.
“Most people behaved themselves when they farewelled 2022 but unfortunately some people across the State decided to break rules designed to keep the community safe,” Head of SafeWork NSW Natasha Mann said.
“Fireworks can cause serious injury or death if not handled correctly, which is why we will take a zero tolerance approach when it comes to people putting their life and the lives of others at risk.”
The Australia Day public holiday will see millions of Aussies celebrate on January 26. Picture: NCA Newswire/Dylan Robinson
SafeWork NSW Inspectors will carry out compliance checks of registered displays across the state in the lead up to the public holiday.
Ms Mann warned anyone caught with illegal fireworks will “face the full force of the law”.
Illegal fireworks could cost revellers up to $27k in fines in NSW. Picture: istock
Anyone caught selling, buying, storing, transporting or setting off fireworks without authorisation faces fines of up to $27,500 and 12 months in prison.
“The community should be able to celebrate Australia Day with family and friends unscathed,” Ms Mann said.
A twelve-month jail term is the maximum penalty for the offence. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dylan Robinson
Anyone with information on the illegal sale or use of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.