The Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade want to warn the community about the dangers of illegal fireworks ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday.
The warning comes after a man received serious facial and head burns following an incident involving illegal fire crackers at Mooroopna on Christmas Day.
The CFA also attended a small grass fire as a result of the fireworks.
The incident highlighted the dangers involved with illegal fireworks.
Illegal fireworks not only pose a serious risk to lives, they can also start significant fires.
While many people see illegal fireworks as an innocent celebration, they can cause serious issues for fire services.
All these fires and injuries are preventable.
The CFA and MFB are particularly concerned about the risk this year with high fuel-loads in forests and dry grass right across Victoria.
There are plenty of legal fireworks displays across the state so there is no need for people to use illegal fireworks.
People need to be sensible and recognise the risks – don’t spoil what should be a festive holiday season for everyone.
People should also be aware if they are caught with illegal fireworks they can face severe penalties, including jail.
If you wish to inform authorities of illegal fireworks activities, phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or police on 000.
MFB and CFA encourages anyone wanting to see fireworks to attend official community events hosted by licensed and approved pyrotechnicians.
Country Fire Authority
Acting chief fire officer
Metropolitan Fire Brigade
Editor’s note: The City of Greater Bendigo will host its annual fireworks display in Rosalind Park from midnight on New Year’s Eve.