There are fears Australia’s fireworks industry could fizzle out, as displays at events are scrapped due to strict COVID-19 restrictions, forcing pyrotechnicians to find alternative work.
- In WA, some COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, but many community events still struggle to meet event guidelines
- West Coast Fireworks’ Ken Boyland says many pyrotechnicians have quit
- Fireworks companies say the industry could disappear this year if the restrictions are not eased
West Coast Fireworks, one of two fireworks companies based in Western Australia, usually does about 60 shows across the state each year.
But within two days of the global pandemic hitting Australia’s shores, the company, based in the Midwest town of Geraldton, lost…