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Don’t let illegal fireworks ruin your Chinese New Year

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30 Jan 2014
The colour and fun of the Chinese New Year festival is returning to Melbourne and the MFB wants to make sure you celebrate safely.

MFB and the Victorian Multicultural Commission are urging revellers not to expose their friends or family to the potentially lethal dangers of illegal fireworks. 

With the high fuel-loads and fire activity across the state, illegal fireworks not only have the potential to start fires, but to cause serious burns, injure or even kill people.

Acting Chief Peter Rau said MFB wants everyone, not just the Chinese community in Victoria, to enjoy a safe but fun celebration.

He also reminded the community to check for Total Fire Bans as the maximum penalty for intentionally or recklessly causing a bushfire is 15 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $34,000.

“Illegal fireworks have the potential to endanger the lives and health of those involved,” he explained.

“Calls to illegal fireworks and fire crackers place an extra demand on fire services at a time of year when the fire risks are already heightened. 

“Pyrotechnics are dangerous. They are explosive devices, and people need specialist training and a licence to use them."

Chinese New Year is a very important celebration for the Chinese community, as they usher in the Year of the Horse. Celebrations will include street stalls, dragon dances, culinary delights, arts and crafts and more than 50 performances.

Fireworks are a big part of the celebrations, however there is no need for people to set off illegal fireworks.

The MFB and VMC have recommended those celebrating attend the official events happening across Melbourne, where fire crackers and fireworks set off by trained professionals.


Chinese New Year 2014 Festival Events:

Sat & Sun 1 – 2 February:   Mark St and Main St, Box Hill, 1pm to 1am

Sat & Sun 1 – 2 February:  Wonderland Fun Park, Docklands, 11am to 6pm

Sunday 2 February:   Russell St, Chinatown, 10am to 10pm

Sunday 2 February:   Hopkins St, Footscray, 10am to 10pm

Sunday 9 February:   Kingsway, Glen Waverley, 11am to 9pm


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