• In short: The Northern Territory’s annual firework night has seen at least four people injured, including a six-month-old with facial burns and a 37-year-old with burns to the groin region.
  • It is legal to set off fireworks in the NT each year on July 1 during a five-hour window.
  • What’s next? Police have urged people not to continue letting off fireworks after Monday night’s 11pm cut-off and have reminded the public doing so could incur a $1,800 fine.
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    Darwin resident David Ciaravolo said his partner was hit when a group of teenagers were shooting fireworks at people celebrating Territory Day at Dripstone Cliffs.

    “It’s a bit of a tradition for us to head down there … we really love Territory Day, but unfortunately the vibe down there was absolutely terrible this year,” he told ABC Radio Darwin.

    "This was people hiding in bushes and attacking people with fireworks and running away and setting up and doing it again. And you honestly had no idea where they were.

    "My partner copped a direct hit. Luckily she turned just in time and copped it in the back. If that was in the front, or in the face, it would have been the loss of an eye.

    “She was bleeding … it’s quite a nasty wound.”

    Mr Ciaravolo said he saw people putting fireworks under cars and lighting them towards cars, including a ute with people in the back.

    NT Police Watch Commander Clinton Stewart said emergency services responded to multiple spot fires across the territory.

    “The behaviour overnight has been good … We’ve had less fires than we’ve had in previous years … and people have been abiding by regulations better this year than we’ve had in previous years.”

    The NT is a bit special, isn’t it?

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    This is the best summary I could come up with:


    The Northern Territory’s annual cracker night, where members of the public can legally set off their own fireworks, has resulted in injuries to multiple people in Darwin, including a six-month-old who suffered facial burns.

    A community garden shed was also burnt down and a member of the public said his partner received burns to her back after a “group of teenagers hiding out in the bushes actively fired at people”.

    “[A firework] appears to have gone off in his lap,” St John emergency communications manager Craig Garraway told ABC Radio Darwin.

    Darwin resident David Ciaravolo said his partner was hit when a group of teenagers were shooting fireworks at people celebrating Territory Day at Dripstone Cliffs.

    “It’s a bit of a tradition for us to head down there … we really love Territory Day, but unfortunately the vibe down there was absolutely terrible this year,” he told ABC Radio Darwin.

    NT Police confirmed it received reports on Monday night at about 10:30pm of up to 20 youths launching fireworks at people and cars in the area of Dripstone Cliffs.


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