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For foreign tourists 20 October 2009

If you cannot resist this experience, at least use pyrotechnic articles in a way that does not disturb or endanger others. Many citizens find the use of pyrotechnic articles uncomfortable and cause them fear, discomfort and a sense of danger!

In 2008, the new Explosives and Pyrotechnic Articles Act (Official Gazette of the RS 35/2008) came into force. The most important provision in the field of pyrotechnic articles refers to the ban on the sale, possession and use of category 2 and 3 fireworks, the main effect of which is a bang (most often firecrackers of various shapes and strengths).

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Fireworks (warnings and advice)


  • picture of fireworks from catagory 2Category 1 pyrotechnic articles may not be sold to persons under 14 years of age. These are fireworks that pose a very low risk, cause negligible noise levels and are intended for use in compact settlements, including fireworks intended for use in residential buildings and other enclosed spaces. Typical products are Bengali matches, exploding cigarette bangers, cherry bombs, match crackers, etc.
  • Category 2 products may not be sold to persons under 16 years of age. These are fireworks that pose a low risk and cause low noise levels and are intended for use in confined outdoor areas. Typical products are Roman candles, small pinwheel fireworks, Bengal torches, batteries and combinations, rockets, etc.
  • Products of category P 1, T 1 and batteries and combinations of category 3 to 1000 g net explosive mass and fountains of category 3 to 750 g net explosive mass are not allowed to be sold to persons under 18 years of age.

The use of category 1 pyrotechnic articles, the main effect of which is a bang, is only permitted from 26 December to 1 January, and even then they may not be used in residential areas, in buildings and all enclosed spaces, in the vicinity of hospitals, in passenger transport vehicles and in areas where public gatherings are held. Only category 1 fireworks intended for such use may be used in residential buildings and other enclosed spaces. Products are also labelled for this purpose.

Minors up to the age of 14 or 16 are allowed to use pyrotechnic articles of categories 1 and 2 only under the supervision of parents or guardians.

picture of fireworks from category  3Processing, use in other objects, own production and resale of pyrotechnic products are prohibited. The police find that most of the injuries are due to such prohibited use of products and the use of pyrotechnic products that were not purchased in stores with the permission of the competent authority or. were purchased on the black market. The reckless, careless and indiscriminate use of pyrotechnics often causes physical injuries (burns, hand lacerations, eye injuries, etc. ), disturbs animals and pollutes the environment.

Police officers will take consistent action against anyone who violates the provisions on the use of pyrotechnic articles. A fine of 400 to 1,200 euros is envisaged for individuals.

Improper use of pyrotechnic articles is a problem for everyone, so we ask parents, guardians, teachers and educators to warn of the dangers and possible consequences.

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