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It is illegal to personally use fireworks without holding a pyrotechnician’s licence or not under the directions of a person who holds such licence. It constitutes a $5000 fine and a $315 expiation fee if using more than 3 kilograms worth.

It is a condition of a pyrotechnician’s licence that the holder of the licence must ensure that the Director is notified (in the manner and form approved by the Director) at least 5 clear business days prior to the conduct of a fireworks display or special effects display under the authority of the licence. The Director may, by conditions of licence, require the holder of the licence to obtain the prior approval of the Director for each special effects display, or each special effects display of a specified kind, conducted under the authority of the licence.

It is important to note that in the alternative, you can also seek an exemption to use fireworks without a licence upon an application which the Director must accept and has absolute discretion over. The Director will only grant the exemption if satisfied that: the fireworks are for a public/community purpose, it would not be practicable to have a licensed pyrotechnician at the site due to the excessive distance needed for travel, whether the display is appropriate for a non-licensed person to conduct, whether the person has any training or experience with the fireworks used in the display, whether the person is a fit and proper person and is at least 21 years of age, and does not carry on a business that involves the use of fireworks.

s9(1) and (2) of the Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations 2001 under the Explosives Act 1936 (SA)

Ibid s 13(1) and (2)

Ibid s 22(1)-(4)

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