WITH the approach of Diwali, the Mineral Resources Department is keeping a lookout for shops that sell firecrackers.
Department director Malakai Finau said they were working with the Trade Ministry to ensure shops selling illegal firecrackers faced the full weight of the law.
Mr Finau said shop owners must stick to the sales guidelines and display their licence to sell firecrackers because they were dealing with explosives.
"Some of the non-permitted fireworks include firecrackers such as woodpeckers, strikers, bangers, lady crackers, and rockets like moon travellers and also rockets without sticks," he said.
Mr Finau said the fine for selling illegal firecrackers was $800 or a minimum of two years imprisonment.
He told members of the public intending to buy firecrackers to exercise precaution because they were very powerful pyro-technique products.
"The message is for everyone to take necessary precautionary measures and realise that fireworks are not toys to play with — they are in fact very powerful and can cause damage."
Diwali will be celebrated on November 4.