Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Woman Burnt by 'Fireworks'

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Woman Burnt by 'Fireworks'

Article excerpt

Pamela Frost

MACKAY residents love letting off fireworks.

But police are warning that it is illegal, and that they don't hold back prosecuting people who don't have a fireworks licence.

Northern Beaches police are warning people about igniting fireworks, after a 27-year-old woman was taken to Mackay Base Hospital on Friday night with burns to her face and neck after lighting what she thought was fireworks at Blacks Beach.

Northern Beaches officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Gary Green, said police were still trying to determine what the device actually was, because it exploded in the woman's face when it was lit.

He said the incident happened about 10.30pm on Friday.

The woman had been with another person and they had made a hole in the sand.

This was designed to hold the fireworks.

"It looks as though the injured person has obtained it from a friend, believing it to be a type of fireworks," Snr Sgt Green said. …

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