Just in time for Diwali season, Brampton City Council approved a new Fireworks By-law allowing 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.
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).
The new rules ban all rocket-type fireworks for consumer or residential use. Rocket-type fireworks are those that could travel more than three metres (10 feet) from the point of ignition (e.g. roman candles, flying lanterns, skyrockets, and barrages). It is now also illegal to sell or possess these types of fireworks in Brampton.
“Safety is our first priority, and I’m very pleased with the direction the City has taken with the new fireworks by-law,” says Grant Gibson, Regional Councillor and Chair of the Community and Public Services Committee. “This is a proactive step that moves us forward in protecting our residents and their property, while allowing everyone to celebrate important occasions with their families.”
These changes come after a number of stakeholder meetings with fireworks vendors, the fireworks industry association, places of worship and comments received from the public.
The City will be working to educate vendors and residents on the new by-law, as well as promoting the safe handling of permitted fireworks.
Residents are encouraged to call 311 if they are alarmed by the use of prohibited fireworks.
The City is also reminding residents that fireworks can only be lit on their own property, not on sidewalks and city streets as well as school properties.
Water should be available to extinguish fireworks.
Safety is clearly a concern in Brampton, just last year Brampton Fire was called to the scene on Binder Twine Trail, near Williams Parkway and Chinguacousy Road where fire damaged one house and spread to two adjacent houses. Hours earlier the family was lighting firecrackers on their driveway. – CINEWS