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Minister urges fireworks safety

2 November 2005

Minister urges people to play it safe with fireworks

The Minister responsible for the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) David Benson-Pope is urging New Zealanders to play it safe with fireworks.

ERMA has responsibility for fireworks through the Hazardous Substance and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.

Mr Benson-Pope says he hopes New Zealanders will play it safe with fireworks this year.

"I encourge people to think about attending organised fireworks exhibitions this Saturday," said Mr Benson-Pope. "They're better value, safer and provide people with spectacular displays."

"Those still wanting to let off their own fireworks should do so safely – respecting other people, their pets and property."

Mr Benson-Pope reminded retailers that fireworks cannot be sold to anyone under 14 years of age. He also noted that the public had legal responsibilities when it came to fireworks to use them in a propper manner.

"The reality is that fireworks can present risks," said Mr Benson-Pope. "To minimise those risks people need to follow the instructions and use their commonsense.

"I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe night."

ENDS

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