Bang and you?ll be sent to jail



TWEED residents have been warned that bringing fireworks across the border into Queensland could land them in jail.

The warning by Queensland Police comes after detectives raided a property at Austinville in the Gold Coast hinterland several days ago which netted a massive haul of illegal fireworks.

Burleigh Heads CIB chief, Detective Inspector Jim Keogh, said the seizure of over $120,000 worth of fireworks, packaged and ready to be distributed, could have prevented a tragedy this festive season.

Det Insp Keogh said police did not want to see a repeat of several incidents involving injury from fireworks during Christmas or New Years Eve on the Tweed and Gold Coast.

During the recent Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast, he said, a 17-year-old girl was badly burnt when a rocket set off on Surfers Paradise beach set her blouse on fire.

"These incidents prompted intense investigations to look not just at the people possessing the fireworks but the location of suppliers," Det Insp Keogh said.

"Though it is not illegal to possess fireworks in NSW, it definitely is illegal in Queensland and persons caught with them face three months' jail.

"But more important, should someone be injured by a firework the likelihood is that the person responsible would be charged with assault and other serious criminal matters," he said.

The raid on Friday resulted in three people being detained with two of them charged with a number of explosives-related offences.

They will appear in Southport Court next month.

"People don't realise that these aren't the fireworks of years gone by like tuppeny bungers, but rocket-type ones called 'mortar launcher' or 'death thrower' ones selling at $100 each," he said.

"The injuries from these can be serious?.?.?.?so it's very important that we get the message across that if you have fireworks, don't bring them into Queensland".



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