Heavy Fines And Jail Time For Illegal Fireworks And Disposed Cigarette Butts

The NSW Police will be issuing on-the-spot fines for New Year's Eve party-goers caught with illegal fireworks.

A total fire ban has been declared across parts of NSW as the state suffers through catastrophic conditions.

It has been confirmed that tonight's Sydney Harbour fireworks will go ahead as planned, however police have warned those looking to spark a display of their own could be hit with a $2200 fine.



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State Emergency Operations Controller, Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said in a statement that those caught with illegal fireworks could face heavy fines and potential jail time.

“I want to send a very clear message to those members of the general public who are thinking of setting off fireworks today.

“If you illegally use fireworks today you will be issued with an on-the-spot fine of $2200, or if the matter goes to court you could receive a court-imposed penalty of up to $5500 and/or up to 12 months gaol".

Those using marine flares without legitimate necessity will also be fined $1000 on-the-spot.

The penalty for illegally disposing of cigarette butts has doubled due to the fire ban. Those found carelessly discarding their cigarette butts can be fined up to $1320.

Police are calling on anyone who witnesses the illegal use of fireworks during the total fire ban to contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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