P.E.I. fire marshal says fireworks illegal, dangerous

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Fireworks at Victoria Park in Charlottetown on New Years Eve Monday. Guardian photo

Provincial Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter says Canada Day and other summer celebrations are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, not to fool around with dangerous fireworks.

“Family fireworks, or informal neighbourhood displays, are not only illegal, they are dangerous and can result in serious injury to the person setting the fireworks or to the spectators,” said Rossiter. “Fireworks are dangerous explosive devices and they should only be handled by experienced and licensed professionals.”

In accordance with the Fire Prevention Act Regulations, the display, sale and possession of fireworks is prohibited in Prince Edward Island. Fireworks may only be set off by a person who is licensed through Natural Resources Canada and has obtained a permit to hold and display fireworks from the Fire Marshal’s Office.

Rossiter urges people to enjoy summer celebrations but make safety a priority.

For more information, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 368-4869, or go to www.peipublicsafety.ca and click on permits in the resources box at the bottom of the page.

Organizations: Natural Resources Canada

Geographic location: Fire Marshal, Prince Edward Island

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  • Flash
    June 26, 2014 - 15:10

    If you want fireworks done hire the professionals from PEI Pyro fx company Hire their services they come with fireworks and look after all permits required by law Next show is July 1 in vacation land. Why Charlottetown won't hire an island based company to do their shows is still a mystery .

  • Like anything else
    June 26, 2014 - 09:58

    It comes down to common sense. Lots of people put off fireworks in PEI. Who has time to enforce this illegal activity? By the time anyone gets to you the fireworks are done. A great way for hardworking islanders to burn their money.

  • law so dumb
    June 26, 2014 - 08:18

    So dumb. Was the ban on canned pop done for our safety too? Kitchen knives are dangerous, are we going to ban those? My propane tank and oil tank can be explosive too.

  • townie22
    June 26, 2014 - 07:46

    i see no problem with them, when used correctly. over the years i have used them a few times for the enjoyment of my young nieces and nephews. i go to a quiet, uninhabited area and stick them in the sand/ground, point them over the water on a windless night, and let them go.

  • strange law
    June 26, 2014 - 07:18

    I'm surprised they let us have bbqs, stoves, ovens, lighters, - I'm pretty sure people get hurt by mishandling them.

  • Weooo Fireworks
    June 26, 2014 - 05:38

    I lite fireworks off every summer and buy them every time I go across.

  • don
    June 26, 2014 - 02:14

    if my neighbour uses fire works and things goes wrong and they can. and if one of his fireworks starts a fire on my house i would be suing him fast. i hope if this happened the person is sued.

  • Furlotte the poisioner
    June 25, 2014 - 19:51

    Lots of things are illegal, doesn't stop crazy people from doing never ending crazy things.

  • Al
    June 25, 2014 - 16:46

    It's okay if we can't have fireworks.at least they chanced the law so we can drive cars!

  • eustice p cornhowser
    June 25, 2014 - 15:36

    just like canned pop

  • Firedup
    June 25, 2014 - 15:13

    Really? I'd say there are more drinking and driving accidents than fireworks accidents and we don't make cars or alcohol illegal. And I don't recall ever hearing any stories from the other maritime provinces about accidents involving fireworks. Yes they are dangerous, but so is stepping outside your door some days.

    • fankip
      June 26, 2014 - 11:23

      Idiot. Drinking and driving IS ILLEGAL.

  • no google
    June 25, 2014 - 14:54

    Thank gawd fire works are illegal. Most Islanders are hardly fit to be running around with a sharp stick let alone fire works. Thank the good lord guns are not allowed here!

    • uh what?
      June 26, 2014 - 08:20

      Guns are allowed here, how could you not know that?

  • Rob
    June 25, 2014 - 14:52

    The PEI Fire Marshall's office says that "fireworks are illegal and dangerous" BUT National Resources Canada states that "Consumer Fireworks are low-hazard firework articles designed for recreational use by the public. These articles include items such as roman candles, sparklers, fountains, wheels, volcanoes, mines, and snakes." http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/explosives/fireworks/9883 So who's right and who's wrong?

  • same story
    June 25, 2014 - 14:14

    Why are fireworks legal in N.S and Brunswick but not P.E.I.? Are we too stupid to use them safely? We are loosing thousands of dollars in tax money . I buy fireworks every time I go to the mainland. It is time for P.E.I. to get with the modern times . Fireworks for all , and we should throw in abortions and deep water wells as well!

    • fankip
      June 26, 2014 - 11:27

      The answer is YES. And THAT'S why they are illegal here. Because people like you ARE too stupid to use them safely.

  • whatever
    June 25, 2014 - 13:30

    Another dumb, outdated PEI law. Get with the times people. It always amazes me how so many Prince Edward Islanders need to be told what to do & that's exactly what you get when you have a bunch whining public matched up with a bunch of dictators running the province. Just a bunch of fools sitting in offices making up rules as they go. Legal fireworks less than 1/2 hour away for goodness sakes. Just putting it out there, not everyone is underage or retarded. Fireworks aren't any more dangerous then a bottle of javex, its all in how you use it. Just use your heads and enjoy.

    • Bill Meeker
      June 25, 2014 - 15:10

      Same Story and Whatever, you are the last people who should be allowed to handle fireworks and if you were my neighbours and you had fireworks I would be very nervous. Very nervous indeed.

    • Larry
      June 26, 2014 - 07:43

      Bill Meeker sounds like the type of person who gets nervous when feeling a fart coming on. So please Bill stay indoors at your senior home so you don't s**t yourself. LOL @ no google, what are you talking about? Guns are legal here, don't bother commenting on things too complicated for your tiny mind. Whatever and Firedup are correct, tell us why it isn't illegal in the other provinces but is here .