Bottle Rockets of course have been banned for over a decade. As have crackers. But yes, the ACT still allows such dangerous devices as Roman Candles and Sparklers.
Of course, there are a few minor restrictions.... from the Office of Regulatory Services :
Fireworks are dangerous explosives and are traditionally used by people over the Queen's Birthday long weekend.And now it's likely they'll be banned altogether.
In the ACT, there are strict rules about how fireworks are supplied, bought and used. All consumer fireworks in the ACT must be approved by the Government and sold to you by licensed people.
Am I able to buy consumer fireworks?
You can only buy consumer fireworks in the ACT if you are over 18 years old and live in the ACT.
How can I buy consumer fireworks?
Consumer fireworks can only be purchased from people licensed to sell them.
To purchase fireworks, you must provide the person selling the fireworks, identification that shows:
· your age
· your address
· a photograph of yourself.
You will be given a receipt, which will show:
· the name of the person who sold you the fireworks and their licence number
· the date you were sold the fireworks
· your name and address
· the identification papers provided to prove your identity
· the fireworks you purchased
· where you propose letting off the fireworks
· your signature.
When can I be supplied with consumer fireworks?
You can only be supplied with consumer fireworks between
8am on the Friday immediately before, and 5pm on the Sunday of, the Queen's Birthday long weekend.
*Please keep your receipt as it is your approval to have and use fireworks.
How should I store my fireworks?
The person named in the receipt must ensure that fireworks are:
· kept in the package they were sold in
· stored in accordance with the instructions.
It is an offence not to do so. The maximum penalty is $2000.
When can I use consumer fireworks?
You can only use fireworks during the Saturday and Sunday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend between 5pm and 9pm.
It is an offence to use fireworks at any other time. The maximum penalty is $3000.
Who can use my consumer fireworks?
The only people allowed to use your consumer fireworks are:
· the person named on the receipt
· anyone under the direct supervision of the person named on the receipt.
If you use a consumer firework without authorisation you may be guilty of a serious offence.
The maximum penalty for using a firework without authorisation is $75,000, imprisonment for 3 years or both.
Industrial Relations Minister John Hargreaves has made a submission to cabinet to make the Queen's Birthday fireworks weekend illegal and ministers will vote on the issue later this month.There are genuine safety issues, and I wouldn't mind having eye protection being mandatory. But 3 years in jail for letting off an unauthorised Roman Candle?
At some stage, we have to let some of the fun back into life. And some of the risk. If we don't teach our children how to manage risk when the worst thing that can happen is some burnt fingers, they won't know how to manage risk later, with dangers that can be immediately lethal.
In the meantime, as this may be the last ever fireworks night, my son was treated to enough fireworks to last from 5pm to 9pm on Sunday, and a few on Saturday as well.