Hamilton’s fireworks ban continues for Canada Day

News Jun 22, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Canada Day is around the corner and it will be celebrated, just a little differently, than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamilton’s ban on all fireworks is still in effect for July 1. The city banned the sale and use of fireworks, including sparklers, and shooting off rockets in homeowners’ backyards back in May, until July 4.

“This is a temporary ban,” said Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe May 13. “It does create issues of large gatherings. This is the city being prudent.”

The ban, in a close 8 to 6 council vote, came days before the Victoria Day holiday weekend where residents usually shoot off fireworks and a week after the city cancelled Canada Day events, including an annual firework display at Bayfront Park July 1.

There were some mixed feelings on the issue.

A few councillors questioned the need to ban firework displays because residents need, especially during these difficult times, to have some fun.

“We need that celebration,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “I can watch all the fireworks sitting on my front porch. I don’t need to gather together. Neighbours don’t need to gather together.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark also questioned the timing of the ban. He said at a time when neighbours are lining up along their streets banging pots and pans in support of first responders, why not allow a fireworks display?

“I’m struggling to understand why now?”

For other ways to celebrate Canada Day, visit hamiltonnews.com.

 

Hamilton’s fireworks ban continues for Canada Day

News Jun 22, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Canada Day is around the corner and it will be celebrated, just a little differently, than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamilton’s ban on all fireworks is still in effect for July 1. The city banned the sale and use of fireworks, including sparklers, and shooting off rockets in homeowners’ backyards back in May, until July 4.

“This is a temporary ban,” said Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe May 13. “It does create issues of large gatherings. This is the city being prudent.”

The ban, in a close 8 to 6 council vote, came days before the Victoria Day holiday weekend where residents usually shoot off fireworks and a week after the city cancelled Canada Day events, including an annual firework display at Bayfront Park July 1.

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There were some mixed feelings on the issue.

A few councillors questioned the need to ban firework displays because residents need, especially during these difficult times, to have some fun.

“We need that celebration,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “I can watch all the fireworks sitting on my front porch. I don’t need to gather together. Neighbours don’t need to gather together.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark also questioned the timing of the ban. He said at a time when neighbours are lining up along their streets banging pots and pans in support of first responders, why not allow a fireworks display?

“I’m struggling to understand why now?”

For other ways to celebrate Canada Day, visit hamiltonnews.com.

 

Hamilton’s fireworks ban continues for Canada Day

News Jun 22, 2020 hamiltonnews.com

Canada Day is around the corner and it will be celebrated, just a little differently, than in previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hamilton’s ban on all fireworks is still in effect for July 1. The city banned the sale and use of fireworks, including sparklers, and shooting off rockets in homeowners’ backyards back in May, until July 4.

“This is a temporary ban,” said Fire Chief Dave Cunliffe May 13. “It does create issues of large gatherings. This is the city being prudent.”

The ban, in a close 8 to 6 council vote, came days before the Victoria Day holiday weekend where residents usually shoot off fireworks and a week after the city cancelled Canada Day events, including an annual firework display at Bayfront Park July 1.

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There were some mixed feelings on the issue.

A few councillors questioned the need to ban firework displays because residents need, especially during these difficult times, to have some fun.

“We need that celebration,” said Glanbrook Coun. Brenda Johnson. “I can watch all the fireworks sitting on my front porch. I don’t need to gather together. Neighbours don’t need to gather together.”

Stoney Creek Coun. Brad Clark also questioned the timing of the ban. He said at a time when neighbours are lining up along their streets banging pots and pans in support of first responders, why not allow a fireworks display?

“I’m struggling to understand why now?”

For other ways to celebrate Canada Day, visit hamiltonnews.com.