Victoria Police officers will be on high alert over the Orthodox Easter period, targeting the unauthorised and unlicensed use of fireworks and crackers as part of celebrations.
“We respect the right of people to practice and celebrate their faith, but anyone who engages in unauthorised use of fireworks is simply irresponsible. Not only does it put your own life at risk, but also the lives of others,” Leading Senior Constable Liz Sidiropoulos says.
“Time and time again, we’ve seen people become injured, including with serious burns, as a result of letting off fireworks as part of religious festivities. These injuries are completely preventable.
“Easter is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family, don’t put others in danger by using illegal fireworks.”
Fireworks are considered explosives under the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 VIC and heavy penalties apply to persons who do not hold a ‘Licence To Use Fireworks As A Pyrotechnician’.
A person in possession of illegally obtained fireworks may be charged with a criminal offence for possession of an explosive, jailed for up to five years, and fined thousands of dollars.
Anyone who witnesses this illegal behaviour should contact their local police immediately.
Information about the sale or use of illegal fireworks can be reported to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by submitting a confidential crime report to crimestoppersvic.com.au