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30 Dec ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays

Fireworks… a crime?

Malta has a long firework tradition going back to the Order of the Knights of St. John. Yet, not all countries share the Maltese passion for fireworks. Ireland and Chile in particular, are known for their strict firework laws. 

In Ireland it is considered criminal offence to ‘ignite a firework in any place, whether in a public or private area, including one’s own property; throw or propel an ignited firework at anyone or their property; and possess fireworks with the intention of selling or supplying them’.

Anyone found guilty of any of these offences can be convicted in the District Court to fine of €2,500, and/or imprisoned for six months. If the offence is considered as serious, the penalties can include a fine up to €10,000 or five years imprisonment.

While Ireland’s fireworks laws are undoubtedly among the most stringent worldwide, since April 2010, when the European Communities (Placing on the Market of Pyrotechnic Articles) Regulations 2010 was implemented, the country has allowed “low hazard fireworks” (category 1 fireworks) to be sold to over 16’s.

Read more here! Take care this NYE!


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