City bylaws push fireworks outside city

Cole Carruthers
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Fireworks purchased in the city must be used outside the city limits.

If a Canadian is going to purchase fireworks, it’s most likely going to be for Canada Day. They can easily be purchased at several locations in The Friendly City, but just because you may purchase doesn’t mean you may light them off within the city.

According to federal statistics, hundreds of injuries occur each year in Canada due to fireworks. Twenty per cent of all accidents involve injuries to the eyes.

Moose Jaw has been stated by David Phillips, a climatologist with Environment Canada as the sixth windiest city in Canada, which can make any source of fire a source of worry instead of celebration and joy.

“In the fire prevention bylaw in association with the national fire code states the use of fire works are prohibited within the city.” Moose Jaw Police Service Sgt. Cliff Froehlich told the Times-Herald.

Froehlich says the fine is in relation to the general penalties . The maximum fine for an individual is $2,000, plus possible seizure and costs if a fire was started by an individual in the city limits.

“You would be held responsible if damage occurred and you would have to pay for not only the property damaged, if not your own, but would also be responsible for paying fees associated to the fire department for having to respond and act toward the situation,” Froehlich said.

When Moose Jaw’s deputy fire chief, Rod Montgomery was asked if residents are able to just buy fireworks and light them off in a backyard, he says, “no they cannot.” “A permit is needed through the fire department and there is protocol and measures needed to be looked at in deciding if a location is suitable.”

For more on this story, pick up the next issue of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Environment Canada, Moose Jaw Police Service, Times-Herald.Froehlich Times-Herald

Geographic location: Canada, Moose Jaw, The Friendly

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