'Cracker night' ruled out due to fireworks dangers

A PROPOSAL to reinvigorate "cracker night" has been ruled out as the Queensland Government points out fireworks were the third largest cause of eye injuries when the event was banned in the 1970s.

LNP members from across Queensland successfully voted during the 2013 party convention on the weekend to bring back cracker night "to boost tourism in Queensland".

There was much debate on the Young LNP's resolution, with one speaker noting five people, including three under the age of 12, were injured at the last cracker night in Darwin.

But Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said on Monday he would not ask his department to review the regulations for "Guy Fawkes night".

"Fireworks are not toys and are very dangerous in the hands of inexperienced, untrained people," he said.

"They can result in death or serious injury, including loss of sight, loss of limbs and serious burns.

"I'm not a supporter of the nanny state or the fun police, but the fact remains fireworks are a type of explosive and these products are properly regulated for good community safety reasons."

A ban on unlicensed people buying, selling, using or possessing fireworks in Queensland has been in force since 1972.

The same ban applies in all other states and territories except the Northern Territory.

"I acknowledge many Queenslanders would have fond memories of cracker night, but modern fireworks and explosives were more powerful than in the past," Mr Cripps said.


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