Permitted hours for fireworks
Low-hazard fireworks are permitted on private property only:
- From dusk to 11:00 p.m. on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day
- From dusk New Year’s Eve to 00:15 New Year’s Day
Bylaw No. 7990 prohibits the use of fireworks outside these days and times.
Fireworks are not to be used by persons under 18 years of age. The debris or smouldering embers could cause injuries, property damage, and/or fires.
Always be extremely careful when discharging fireworks. Read and follow all instructions on the fireworks. Familiarize yourself with the space requirements for the type of firework being discharged; requirements vary depending on the firework type. Choose a wide, clear site away from overhead obstacles, combustible materials, and spectators. Note that fireworks can only be discharged on private property.
Be sure to properly stabilize the firework according to manufacturer direction. Use a solid container for a base such as a 5 gallon pail, sturdy box or container filled with earth or sand. Bury fireworks half their length if they have no standing base, unless the labelling on the fireworks directs otherwise. Set them at a 10-degree angle pointing away from people.
Plan the order of firing before you begin. Never light fireworks in your hand or hold lighted fireworks in your hand, other than a sparkler. Light carefully and always light the fuse at its tip. Do not discharge fireworks in windy conditions.
Clean up and disposal
Wait at least 30 minutes before beginning the clean-up process. At that time, it’s a good idea to dispose of used fireworks and debris in a pail of water. Never try to relight or fix the fuse on fireworks that didn’t go off.
To dispose of unused fireworks, submerge the fireworks in water for 15 minutes or until wet throughout. Bag the wet fireworks and place them in the garbage.
Keep in mind that you are solely responsible for any debris that may land on your spectators or another’s property.
Keep fireworks in a cool, dry, ventilated place and in a locked container, away from children.