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Fireworks laws under review

A REVIEW into Tasmania’s fireworks laws is now open for public and stakeholder comment.
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A WorkSafe discussion paper about the review labelled the state’s firework regime as “one of the most liberal” in Australia.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein said Tasmania’s firework regulations lagged behind other states.

“Most other Australian jurisdictions have either banned the general public from, or introduced tighter restrictions surrounding access to, type 2 fireworks,” Mr Gutwein said.

Type 2 fireworks included “shopgoods” or “consumer” fireworks intended for outdoor use, including roman candles, small skyrockets and fountains, according to WorkSafe documents.

A display permit issued by WorkSafe Tasmania authorised a person to buy and use these fireworks, for a specific single event for which the permit is issued.

“The popularity of fireworks has grown in Tasmania, and it is important that the government ensures regulations are up to date to ensure they are used safely, and that any injuries, property damage or threat to animals is minimal.”

A police spokesman said anyone who intended to use fireworks should lodge an application through WorkSafe Tasmania.

Those using fireworks outside guidelines or without the appropriate permit faced prosecution, the spokesman said.

Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service and councils had the power to object to fireworks applications.

Public comment will close at 5pm on Friday, April 1.

The discussion and options paper can be found on the WorkSafe Tasmania website: 梧桐夜网worksafe.tas.gov419论坛

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