Fireworks are a “serious threat for the natural environment” the forestry department said on Tuesday, following reports concerning their illegal use at events such as weddings and birthdays.

The department said the use of fireworks could cause fires in forests, agricultural areas or even houses with “unpredictable catastrophic consequences”.

Individuals who use fireworks without the relevant licence could face prison, or a fine, or both, the department added.

To report any possible illegalities regarding the use of fireworks, the public may contact 1460. To report smoke or fire people can call 1407 or 112.

The forestry department’s announcement came after a police warning citing a 29-year-old who lost three fingers last week while trying to light up fireworks during his friend’s wedding.