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Celebrating Canada’s150th Birthday

Celebrating Canada’s150th Birthday
June 30th, 2017 - Police & the Community

This long-weekend Canadians will be celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday.  In keeping with Canadian tradition, fireworks displays will be taking place across the country and overseen by fire services to ensure the safety of all spectators. 

The Fireworks Spectacular will be displayed over Kempenfelt Bay on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. However, if watching fireworks at the lake isn’t your thing and you plan on hosting your own Canada Day celebration, there are a several Barrie By-Laws and safety precautions to keep in mind.

Any persons contravening a Barrie By-Law may be issued a fine from police, By-Law personal and/or Barrie Fire.

  • Setting of fireworks – winds exceeding 40 km/hr.
    Fine $180.00
     
  • Setting off fireworks on public highway/ public-park
    Fine $240.00
     
  • Ignite fireworks within 300 meters of hospital/nursing home/health lodge/school/church –When not authorized
    Fine $240.00
     
  • Setting off fireworks within 8 meters of building/tent/trailer/camp/shelter/motor vehicle
    Fine $240.00
     
  • Setting of fireworks within 300 meters of explosive/gasoline or other flammable substances
    Fine $490.00
     
  • Setting of fireworks – creating danger
    Fine $365.00

Tips for setting off your own Fireworks

  • They can only be discharged five (5) calendar days prior to the Canada Day Holiday
  • You need to be 18 years of age to buy and set off fireworks
  • Light them one at a time
  • They cannot be discharged over roads /public parks
  • Always have water handy. Keep a ready hose or water-filled bucket nearby.
  • Set up a safe-zone for your spectators, at least 20 m away from where you are activating the fireworks, and don't forget to check the wind direction. Winds cannot exceed 40 km/hr.
  • If the fireworks don't have a base, bury at least half of the firework in a bucket of sand or dirt.
  • Never try to re-light a “dud” firework. Wait 15 to 20 minutes then soak it in a bucket of water.
  •  Dispose of fireworks properly by soaking them in water and then disposing of them in your trash can
  • Always supervise children using sparklers. They stay hot for a while after they are extinguished
  •  Eye protection should always be worn when lightening fireworks, and never lean over the firework when lighting them.

For more safety tips, visit the Seasonal & Holiday Fire Safety section of Barrie.ca. Happy Canada day!