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N.B. municipality asks province to ban consumer fireworks

By Brad Perry Aug 23, 2023 | 5:44 AM

One New Brunswick municipality is calling on the province to ban the sale and use of consumer fireworks.

Rothesay council recently sent a letter to Attorney General Ted Flemming, who is also their MLA.

Councillors described consumer fireworks as being “a nuisance and a hazard to health and safety.”

“The indiscriminate use of fireworks has the potential to be a fire hazard especially during periods when wooded areas are dry,” said the letter.

“Fireworks can cause damage to property and be a hazard to those detonating them as well as nearby observers.

“People with neurosensory disorders, particularly young children, can find fireworks disturbing. Erratic behaviour of pets is often triggered by the noise associated with the explosions of fireworks.”

The councillors also noted that the use of fireworks is “not easily regulated” on a local government level.

Consumer fireworks is an issue that has continued to fizzle in several southern New Brunswick communities.

Rothesay council recently directed staff to prepare a bylaw banning consumer fireworks in the town.

Meanwhile, councillors in neighbouring Quispamsis voted to create a committee to study the issue further.

If the province does not want to consider a ban, Rothesay said it could also look at a public education campaign discouraging the use of consumer fireworks.


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