Councilor Dennis Keenan Proposes Ban on Fireworks in Brampton

Following a record number of complaints and the use of explosives during Diwali, Brampton might impose a ban on fireworks, and increase the fines.

Following a record number of complaints and the use of explosives during Diwali, Brampton might impose a ban on fireworks, and increase the fines.

On Wednesday, Councillor Dennis Keenan put forward a motion at the council meeting which looks towards banning the residents from buying or using fireworks in the city of Brampton.

If the motion gets passed in the next meeting of the council, the proposal will illegalize fireworks in Brampton and mentions that residents can only set off fireworks with ‘permission’ on Canada Day, Victoria Day, Diwali, and New Year’s Eve.

If passed, the amount of the fine can go up from $350 to a minimum of $500 and a penalty for the sale of fireworks will go up from $350 to $1000.

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Under the new bylaw, only the film industry and the city will be allowed to get permits for the usage of fireworks in Brampton.

As per the city, they received almost 1500 complaints about fireworks so far in 2022, out of which 1000 came in during Diwali Celebrations in October.

If the motion gets the council’s approval, the city will be running a $20,000 firework campaign in order to educate the public about the changes made.

 

 

Prabhnoor Kaur

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