SkyFest fireworks incident under investigation

Saturday, 27 January 2018

On behalf of the City of Bunbury, Mayor Gary Brennan, has offered his condolences to the people injured during the SkyFest Australia Day fireworks on Friday night.

Mr Brennan said the City placed the highest priority on health and safety and officers were assisting the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety with its investigations, which included a visit to the site this morning.

The incident happened during the fireworks display when a stray firework landed on the pathway about 20 metres north of the Koombana Drive traffic bridge outside the exclusion zone.

"It is unclear how the incident occurred however this will be assessed as part of the investigation by the Department of Mines and Petroleum, the City of Bunbury will assist in any way necessary," Mayor Brennan said.

"The annual SkyFest event was attended by about 40,000 people on Friday night who were there to celebrate Australia Day with friends and family. Our thoughts and condolences go out to those who were injured by this incident.

“I would also like to thank the paramedics and other emergency response personnel who attended and responded so quickly."

Of the five people who were injured one remains in hospital while two others were discharged on Friday night. Two other people were assessed at the scene.

The City's exclusion zone for the fireworks was larger than what is required and was approved by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Following the incident the bridge remained closed while the injured were attended to and the area was surveyed by the fireworks operator.

The City of Bunbury will make further information available when the investigation is completed.