SAFEWORK NSW will crackdown on the sale of illegal fireworks through social media in the lead-up to Australia Day.
It comes after two people were killed by illegal fireworks across the country over the New Year period.
SafeWork NSW said it would work with NSW Police to act on a “significant increase in reports” of people attempting to sell fireworks through social media sites like Facebook.
SafeWork NSW executive director Peter Dunphy said only trained professionals should set off fireworks and those flouting the law risked hefty fines.
“Anyone caught selling or purchasing fireworks without a licence faces fines of up to $27,000 and 12 months in jail,” he said.
“Anyone caught using fireworks without a licence risks an on-the-spot fine of up to $2,000.”
SafeWork NSW has seized almost two tonnes of illegal fireworks in the past two years. Anyone with information on the illegal use of fireworks should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.