IT MAY be tempting to ignite fireworks for Australia Day celebrations, but Fairfield police have given a reminder that manufacturing, selling or handling fireworks is illegal without a WorkCover Authority of NSW licence.
Canley Vale resident Anh Nguyen's 11-year-old dog Goochi went missing after fireworks celebrations on New Year's Eve.
She said if it wasn't for the fireworks, her terrier cross wouldn't be lost.
"It's the first time she's gone missing," she said. "She's usually pretty good with directions but the fireworks probably made her scared and disoriented."
Fairfield Police Superintendent Peter Lennon said officers were called to 15 illegal fireworks incidents over Christmas and New Year.
"We could not establish who was responsible for letting off the fireworks because by the time we got to the location no-one was present," he said.
"Fireworks displays are too dangerous unless they are properly supervised.
"They were stopped due to too many injuries to inexperienced people playing with them.
"They do contain explosives. Whilst I agree they are pretty spectacular and a fun thing to experience, it is too dangerous to ignite them yourself."
WorkCover may suspend or cancel a licence or issue penalties on licence- holders who don't comply with conditions.
If anyone has information about Goochi call Pet Search on 1300 309 004 or Goochi's family on 0401 186 185.