Woman taken to hospital after ‘fireworks’ burn her face

A 27-YEAR-OLD woman was taken to Mackay Base Hospital with burns to her face and neck after lighting what she thought was fireworks at Blacks Beach.

Northern Beaches officer in charge, Senior Sergeant Gary Green, said police were still trying to determine what the device actually was, because it exploded in the woman's face when it was lit.

He said the incident happened about 10.30pm on Friday.

The woman had been with another person and they had made a hole in the sand.

This was designed to hold the fireworks.

"It looks as though the injured person has obtained it from a friend, believing it to be a type of fireworks," Snr Sgt Green said.

"It is unknown if it was actually fireworks, or some other explosive device."

He said police had gathered up evidence and were investigating the incident.

The woman was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she spent the night.

Snr Sgt Green said people had to have a licence to possess and set off fireworks.

He said illegal fireworks were a constant problem in the region.

"Fireworks happen all the time, everywhere. It happens at Bucasia, Blacks Beach, Eimeo and Shoal Point.

"We get regular complaints. People hear it, ring us and we do catch people and prosecute them."

He said it was a case of injuries just waiting to happen when people lit fireworks.

"People are letting off cheap fireworks bought overseas, or distributed by people overseas, and they don't meet Australian standards," he said.

"You've got to be mindful of these things."

Snr Sgt Green said no one had been charged over the incident.