Media release

Territory Day 2020

Fire and Rescue

People who are found igniting, discharging or in possession of fireworks could face a hefty fine, Northern Territory Police warn.

While Territory Day is traditionally the one day of the year members of the public can purchase and set off fireworks, this year in different.

In maintaining crowd and gathering numbers under COVID-19 directions, firework displays and events across the Northern Territory have been cancelled.

Northern Territory Police are reminding the community that anyone found igniting, discharging or in possession of fireworks would receive a fine of $1570.

Acting Superintendent Adrian Kidney said the community has been largely cooperative with restrictions.

“We’ve been fortunate community members have been understanding and cooperative of the COVID19 precautions, however we do need to remind everyone that this Territory Day is different to previous years and that fireworks are not permitted at all.”

“Under the Dangerous Goods Act, it is an offence to ignite, discharge or possess fireworks. We understand for some it is a tradition, but letting crackers off or being in possession of fireworks will cost you.”

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, Duty Officer David Letheby said he didn’t anticipate a busy night with fuel loads across the Central Australia and Barkly region were down.

“We’ve not seen any decent rainfall for months and as such, there is little fuel load for us to be concerned about.

“We do, however, still encourage people to stay vigilant around any fire.

Cooking and comfort fires need to have a four metre clearance around them, and bonfires, which are only permitted in the rural area, require a permit and a four meter round clearance.”

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