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Rules regarding fireworks explained

By Randy Thoms Jun 23, 2023 | 2:14 PM

The Ministry of Natural Resources is clarifying the rules regarding fireworks displays as we approach Canada Day.

A ban on open burning remains in place, but the Ministry notes that unless dictated by municipal by-laws, fireworks are not prohibited under the ban.

The Forest Fires Prevention Act does state no one can light fireworks within 300 metres of a forested area.

If they cause a fire, the person responsible can be charged and required to cover the cost associated with putting it out.

The Ministry also hopes people will consider the periods of hot, dry weather we have had, and that sparks and embers can start fires.

Some municipalities have already decided not to proceed with fireworks on Canada Day.

Sioux Lookout has indicated it will not go ahead.

The city of Kenora is prepared to cancel its fireworks and prohibit personal displays if the fire ban extends into next weekend.

Fort Frances will have fireworks on July 1st as it is being done over water and by certified professionals.

There is no ban on fireworks in Thunder Bay, but the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue is strongly discouraging their use during periods of hot, dry weather and advises people to be very careful if they choose to light them.


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