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Jun 25, 2015

If you are planning to use fireworks on Canada Day think safety first and take time to review the City’s Fireworks By-law 0293-2001.

Did you know that fireworks can only be set off on two statutory holidays - Victoria Day and Canada Day.  A permit is required to set off fireworks on any other day.  Permits are issued by the Fire Chief and only on the property listed on the permit.

By-law Highlights

• Fireworks cannot be set off on a public street or roadway
• Fireworks can only be set off in a park if a permit is obtained from the Fire Chief
• Fireworks should only be purchased from a licensed retailer permitted to sell fireworks to the general public within the City of Mississauga as per By-law 1-06 and By-law 340-01 .

If you have concerns about fireworks that don't comply with City’s Fireworks By-law 0293-2001 and want to know where to report it. Here's how:

Fireworks in Parks
• Contact Security Services - Facility Watch Programme at 905-615-4060 

Fireworks on Roadways
• Contact Peel Regional Police at 905-453-3311  for enforcement 

Fireworks on Private Property
• Fireworks on private property are only allowed on Victoria Day and Canada Day and cannot be used after midnight
• Complaints about fireworks on private property can be made to the Citizen Contact Centre by calling 311

“Residents should use extra caution when setting off fireworks and always have a bucket of sand, a supply of water and a working fire extinguisher nearby,” says Jamie Zimmerman, assistant chief, Fire Prevention and Life Safety. “Set up fireworks in an open space and check the surrounding area for fire hazards. Place each firework in a pail of sand before lighting and keep at a safe distance from the fireworks.”

Zimmerman adds residents are encouraged to choose the safer option by attending the fireworks display at Mississauga Celebration Square on July 1 at dusk.

For more tips on firework safety, contact the Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Fire Prevention and Life Safety team at 905-896-5908 or visit MFES online.
 
For fireworks related complaints that involve serious risk to personal property or private property please contact Peel Regional Police 905-453-3311.






Media Contact:
Kimberly Hicks
Communications Advisor, Transportation & Works
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5232
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   kimberly.hicks@mississauga.ca


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