BRAMPTON, ON - Diwali is one of four approved holidays a year when short-range fireworks are allowed on private property, without the need for a permit. This year, Diwali takes place on Tuesday, November 6 and Wednesday, November 7*. The City of Brampton wants residents to celebrate safely.
Short-range fireworks are those that tend to travel less than three metres (10 feet) when set off (e.g. fountains, wheels, ground spinners, sparklers). All other rocket-type fireworks are banned in Brampton. The City reminds residents that fireworks are not allowed to be used on the street, sidewalks, within City parks or on municipal or school properties.
When using short-range fireworks on your property, you must follow these safety precautions:
- You must have a container of water or a hose line that’s filled with water available to extinguish fireworks
- You must never light a firework or hold a lit firework in your hand, other than a sparkler
- After using sparklers, place them in a container of water to fully cool before disposal
- Allow all fireworks to fully cool before disposal
Last year Brampton introduced a mandatory annual course for fireworks vendors before they can be licensed to sell. A list of vendors licensed to sell fireworks in Brampton for Diwali will be posted on the City website closer to Diwali.
Call 311 if you are concerned about the use of any prohibited fireworks that you may see.
New Fireworks and Licensing by-laws were approved by Council in 2016. The by-laws 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. Safety is the top priority, as the by-law also bans other types of fireworks that pose a great risk of injury or damage to property.
*Source: Peel District School Board Holy Days and Holiday Calendar 2018-2019
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