Christmas Crackers to join light bulbs, tuckshop pies and hot showers

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry:

A crackdown on Christmas crackers is looming, as the yuletide party piece is classified by authorities as fireworks.

Customs has issued a circular reminding importers that under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, Christmas crackers are covered by the definition of, and controls on, the importation of fireworks.

“As such Christmas crackers require a completed Certificate to Import Explosives from Erma (the Environmental Risk Management Authority) New Zealand before they may be imported into New Zealand,” the circular states.

“It is estimated that only approximately 60 percent of Christmas crackers being imported into the country obtain the required certificates.”

Oh my God, how dare they – import christmas crackers without permission. Quick call out the SWAT team.

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