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Dramatic video reveals deadly dangers of NYE fireworks

THE cracking and booming of fireworks echoed across the Helidon Explosives Reserve this morning as the State Government demonstrated the dangers of illegal explosives.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Andrew Cripps invited media representatives to help emphasise his warning ahead of New Year's Eve.

The demonstration included the destruction of about 45kg of fireworks as well as the detonation of high explosives

It was part of the 15 tonnes of illegal fireworks, seized across Queensland and New South Wales, to be destroyed at the site in the past year.

"A ban on buying, selling, using or possessing fireworks without a license has been in force in Queensland since 1972," Mr Cripps said.

"Despite this ban, some people still illegally use fireworks and they're exposing themselves and people around them to serious injury."

He said anyone caught illegally using fireworks could face a fine of up to $44,000 and six months' imprisonment. 

"About 250 people in Queensland have been prosecuted under the Explosives Act 1999 for fireworks offences in the past two years."

Anyone in possession of illegal fireworks can surrender them to an explosives inspector by calling 1300 739 898.

Topics:  andrew cripps, danger, illegal fireworks, new year's eve




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