Celebrate Territory Day the Safe Way

On 1 July the Northern Territory celebrates the anniversary of self-governance.

For one day only the public are allowed to purchase fireworks from approved retailers between 9:00am and 9:00pm and light fireworks between 6:00pm and 11:00pm.

Be prepared

  • Only buy fireworks from a licensed retailer.
  • Keep spectators at a safe distance, at least 10 metres from ignition site.
  • Clear the area of all dry material such as grass and mulch.
  • Have a hose or a couple of buckets of water handy.
  • Wear cotton clothing around fireworks.
  • Keep your fireworks in a covered container or have a responsible person look after them.

Tips on how to use fireworks safely

  • Read and follow all warnings and instructions.
  • Light only one fireworks at a time
  • Stabilise fireworks to ensure they do not fall over when firing.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person or place any part of your body directly over a firework device.
  • Never pick up or relight a dud firework. Wait 20 minutes, pour water on it and dispose of properly.
  • Never ignite aerial fireworks near or below trees, near a building opening or anything else that it may hit.
  • Wet down all fireworks debris after use.
  • Don’t drop the fireworks straight into a bun or leave them unattended.

Children and Pet Safety

  • Always have an adult present and never give fireworks to children under 12.
  • light only one sparkler at a time and do not use a lit sparkler to light another one.
  • Hold sparklers well away from body and clothing.
  • Make sure your pets are secured safely before you ignite any fireworks.

First aid

Go to the below link for what to do in the event of a fireworks injury:


Important contact information:

In the event of an emergency, dial 000

Department of health

Website: www.nt.gov.au/health

Health Direct Australia – 1800 022 222

NT Fire & Rescue Service

Phone: 08 8999 3473

Website: www.pfes.nt.gov.au/fire-and-rescue-service

NT WorkSafe

Phone: 1800 019 115