Explosives inspectors ensure Riverfire goes off with a bang
DNRME’s explosives inspectors are this week attending more than 20 Brisbane locations, to ensure thousands of kilograms of fireworks are safely set up and ready for Saturday night’s Riverfire display.
Mark Hayward, Principal Inspector of Explosives, said while safety preparedness work started in April, explosives inspectors will be working around the clock this week to ensure that the contractor’s Riverfire fireworks are being loaded and stored safely.
“Behind an amazing Riverfire night, is the preparation and firing of over 9000 individual fireworks, set up by licensed professional fireworks contractors who are working to a complex plan and tight timelines.
“It’s a big responsibility for the fireworks contractor - providing the public with an awesome display of fireworks while keeping everyone safe.
“This is where DNRME’s Explosives Inspectorate lends a hand - from the start of this event’s planning process, our inspectors have been ensuring that the contractor’s plans, processes and procedures are up to standard.
“This is no mean feat. To observe the contractor’s operations, our inspectors will need to climb to the top of the Story Bridge, rove the rooftops of 10 skyscrapers, and inspect six barges to ensure community safety.
“Licensed fireworks contractors are professionals who are bound by strict safety laws and DNRME’s Explosives Inspectors will be working closely with them this week to ensure the community enjoys a spectacular display on Saturday night,” he said.
More information about the work of the DNRME Explosives Inspectorate visit www.dnrme.qld.gov.au.
Last updated 27 September 2018