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

Published on June 25, 2014

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.