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i thought only people who have residency in Canberra can buy fireworks still?
If you hold residence in the ACT you are free to buy fireworks, x-rated **** and marijuana (also grow a maximum of 2 plants per household).

In SA they just changed the law so you can only have 1 plant per household (down from 3, which was down from 5), ACT just wants to limit your fun to their tiny patch of land.

I used to go to school with a guy who's dad had brought a pile of fireworks over from Germany in the late 70's, we used to go down the quarry and set them off and leave as we saw the police cars start rocking up (it'd take them about 30 mins from the gate to where we were).

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ACT legislation is here. Since 2009 pretty well anything other than a party popper or sparkler is either controlled or prohibited and not allowed to be possessed by the public. People from Albury used to go over all the time to buy them, Canberra is only 2 and a bit hours drive from here.
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So you can pop down for me and get some whicks and assorted goodies?
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Fireworks are illegal here where I live unless you have a show permit and are accompanied by firemen. Anyone can get a permit its just not cheap. There's probably many other guidelines you need to follow but those are the main ones I know of. So yeah basically a citizen can't buy fireworks.

Even so EVERYONE has illegal fireworks. You name it we can get it. The cops don't seem to mind either as long as there are no complaints from other residents.

Though cops DO arrest people for selling illegal fireworks. My dad was one.

Anyway guys if you're looking for fireworks and can't buy any. Make your own . Sometimes I can't find the REALLY big firecrackers so I make my own or shoot my LARGE cannon (with blanks AKA balled up rags)
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I'll ask the guys in the Canberra office if you can still buy them, from what I posted up there ^^^ before I think they're illegal in canberra too now.

Just go down to your local candle or craft shop and buy some saltpeter (potassium nitrate) for making fuzes, my ex wife used to buy it in kilo quantities for home made incense sticks. You just have to show your license to buy it.

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yeah thats what i thought.

I was thinking of getting some marine flares, they've got the potassium nitrate in them dont they?
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Yes usually, either that or some sort of perchlorate or Potassium chlorate (same stuff as in match heads). It will all burn

I think i still have some blackoowder here from my shooting days. As I said you can buy potassium nitrate in gram quantities ok but for more you'll need ID and they record it.
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cool beans! ive got some powder from the explosive power tool ammo
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The reason they were so quick on clamping down on lasers here is that kids were buying 30mW 532's from eBay for $10 and then pointing them at aircraft when they couldn't light matches with them....

When I was a kid you just needed a gun licence and could buy firearms at any sporting store, Kmart even sold .22's and air rifles. Then there was the Port Arthur massacre and national gun laws and that was the end of that...
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When I was a kid you just needed a gun licence and could buy firearms at any sporting store, Kmart even sold .22's and air rifles. Then there was the Port Arthur massacre and national gun laws and that was the end of that...
I remember the incident of the sydney airport.. Was a few individuals with high class
3b greens targeting a single landing craft... The ban was very fast to be put in place.

In the US and Canada, we have several occurrences annually, and some things have changed
but nothing like what was decided and put into effect in Australia. On that same thought,
I dont think we have had anything on the scale which happened there. Typically, its some
kid targeting a plane, nothing coordinated like happened there.


Just looked up this Port Arthur incident... crazy.




If you haven't seen this already, its worth the watch.. A documentary on the
the Columbine incident in Colorado USA.



K-Mart stopped selling ammo in the USA as the result of this documentary,
but not by government hands.. Media and bad press changed it.

That and the two shooting survivors which showed up at kmart's head office
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I remember this... I was 8 and we were there that day and I've never been back to Tasmania since. We were all kept home for the next 2 weeks because of all the questions from teachers, parents and other students.
Sorry mate, didn't mean to open any old scars. I was 28 at the time and living in Hervey Bay QLD. Hobart is in my area for work, and while I've been to the station there a few times I've never been to Port Arthur.
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Sorry mate, didn't mean to open any old scars. I was 28 at the time and living in Hervey Bay QLD. Hobart is in my area for work, and while I've been to the station there a few times I've never been to Port Arthur.
It's all good, I was too young to understand what was going on at the time and so it doesn't affect me so much.

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