Consumer Fireworks

Before you decide to purchase and use fireworks, ensure you know the laws, know your space, and read all instructions. There are only a few days a year that you are allowed to use fireworks in the Town of Pelham, and there is usually a public display of fireworks scheduled, so why not leave it up to the professionals?

Know the Laws

  • Aside from federal laws, the Town of Pelham has a fireworks by-law.
  • Consumer fireworks may only be used on Victoria Day, Canada Day - July 1, and Independence Day - July 4.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to buy, store, and use consumer fireworks.
  • Fireworks must be set off at least 50 meters away from woodlands, gas stations, nursing/retirement homes, boarding kennels or stables, churches, schools, and daycares.
  • Fireworks must be set off at least 10 meters from buildings, RV's, tents, or trailers.
  • Fireworks may not be set off in an area with undergrowth, dry grass, or flammable or combustible substances.
  • Leftover fireworks shall be collected immediately and disposed of properly.
  • Do not use any damaged fireworks.
  • Never set off fireworks inside.

At home, make sure fireworks are stored in a secure manner, inaccessible to curious children, and at a safe distance from flammable substances.

Read all Instructions

Refer to the safety instructions on the fireworks label for minimum stand-off distances for you and spectators. Make sure you look up and ensure there are no overhead obstructions in range of your fireworks. Know how your fireworks will act and work in your space. Once they are lit they can't be turned off! Always have a charged hose or a bucket of water close by.

Always supervise children around sparklers. Many people consider sparklers to be "child safe" but they burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing or cause injury. Before starting your show, ensure that the wind is blowing away from any spectators.

After the show is over, dispose of fireworks packaging in a safe manner. Ensure there are no smouldering remnants that could cause a fire. Enjoy the show.

Display Fireworks

It is always safer to leave the setting off of fireworks up to the professionals! The manufacturing, selling, storage and setting off of fireworks within the Town of Pelham are subject to by-law 2951 (2008). High hazard (display) fireworks may only be set off by certified pyro-technicians with a permit to do so within the town. To obtain a permit, contact the Pelham Fire Department. Below are downloadable copies of the application forms. The permit fee is $100.


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