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Things to know before you light the fuse of a Canada Day firework

June 28, 2021
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Are you planning to light your own firework display on Canada Day? Before you purchase and light the fuse, here are some safety tips and rules form the City’s Fireworks By-law to prevent any injuries and property damage.

This year’s Victoria Day weekend demonstrated the need to practice caution. Over the four days, the City received a series public complaints and emergency calls about fireworks, including two children receiving burns, discharging fireworks in parks and debris left behind, seven firework-related grass fires and displays posing danger to residents and property.

So, before the fuse is lit, here are some things to know in advance.

Purchasing fireworks

The sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days leading up to it.

Location and age requirement for discharging fireworks

Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by an adult, 18 years and older, and must take place on private property – with permission from the property owner.

No discharging fireworks on City parks and sports fields

Discharging fireworks is not allowed on City property – which includes all parks, sports fields and beaches. To support this rule, Mooney’s Bay and two parks in the Gloucester-South Nepean Ward, W.C. Levesque Park, and Stonecrest Park, will have an early 9 pm closing on Canada Day.

School properties and sports fields are out of bounds too

The four local school boards – Ottawa Catholic School Board, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est and Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario – do not allow discharging fireworks on all school premises, including all track and sports field areas.

Check out the full details about the City’s Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca.

If you discharge fireworks on private property, remember to practice public health measures and follow current provincial outdoor gathering restrictions. With members outside your household, keep two metres apart and wear a mask if keeping that distance is difficult.

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