Published: 12 February 2019
Mr Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what are the types of entities that are allowed to conduct firework displays in public spaces; and (b) what are the governing regulations and frameworks involved in such firework displays in ensuring public safety and avoiding any environmental risk.
There are six companies in Singapore that are exempted from the Dangerous Fireworks Act (“DFA”), which prohibits the possession, sale, transport, delivery, distribution, import or discharge of dangerous fireworks1. These companies deal with fireworks and pyrotechnic displays for indoor events, such as concerts, and outdoor events, such as the National Day Parade.
2. Notwithstanding their exemption, the six companies are required to comply with strict conditions to ensure public safety, as stipulated under the Dangerous Fireworks (Exemption) Notification 2018. For instance, the fireworks must be certified safe and approved by the competent authority of the country of origin or manufacture, and by the manufacturer. There are also conditions pertaining to the storage of fireworks at the firing point, safety distances and direction of fire. The companies have maintained a good track record.
3. Separately, ambient air and water quality monitoring by NEA and PUB have so far showed no long-term environmental impact of concern arising from fireworks displays.
1 The six companies are Explomo Technical Services Pte Ltd, Glorious (S) Pte Ltd, Intermay Consultech Pte Ltd, Knights Synergy (S) Pte Ltd, Effects Technologies Pte Ltd and SpectaWorks Pte Ltd.