Australian Youth Rocketry Challenge Inc.

Q: Are these rockets fireworks?

A: NO! Most Australian guidelines recognise model rockets as different from fireworks. Fireworks are used by professional operators only. They are single-use recreational products designed solely to produce noise, smoke, or visual effect. They have few of the designed-in safety features or pre-consumer safety testing of a reusable model rocket, and none of the model rocket’s educational value.

Fireworks are fuse-lit, an inherently dangerous ignition method that is specifically forbidden in the hobby of model rocketry. Model rockets are prohibited from carrying any form of pyrotechnic payload; their purpose is to demonstrate flight principles or carry educational payloads, not blow up, make noise, or emit a shower of sparks.

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