BRAMPTON, ON: Today, Council directed staff to amend the Fireworks By-law to allow the use of short-range fireworks on all Brampton residential properties on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Diwali and New Year’s Eve, without the need for a permit.
Short-range fireworks are those that are expected to travel less than three metres (10 feet) when set off (e.g. fountains, wheels, ground spinners, sparklers).
The new rules also include the ban of all rocket-type fireworks for consumer or residential use. Rocket-type fireworks are those that are expected to travel more than three metres (10 feet) from the point of ignition (e.g. roman candles, flying lanterns, skyrockets, and barrages).
These recommendations come after a number of stakeholder meetings with fireworks vendors, the fireworks industry association, places of worship and comments received from the public.
• Until the by-law is revised (and approved by Council), the current process of issuing a free fireworks permit for all consumer fireworks will continue and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Revisions to the Fireworks By-law and Business Licensing By-law will include restricting the sale of rocket-type fireworks; mandatory annual training; and an annual licensing fee of $1,600 to $2,000.
• The City will also undertake an education campaign to emphasize the safe use of short-range fireworks.
• The City will continue to prohibit the use of fireworks on streets, sidewalks, school yards and other public properties.
After consultation with our residents, local community and religious groups as well as those in the fireworks industry the City has put in place new rules for fireworks use in Brampton. These new rules seek to address ongoing safety issues raised by our residents.
The new rules will allow our residents to express themselves during religious and other celebratory holidays while keeping health and safety a top priority.
- Mayor Linda Jeffrey
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