As we start the Canada Day weekend, the Regina Police Service reminds the public that letting off firecrackers or fireworks within the City of Regina limits, at anytime, is prohibited under Bylaw No. 2005-18, the Regina Fire Bylaw. The sale of fireworks within the city is also restricted to the day of, and ten days immediately preceding, New Year’s Day, Victoria Day and Canada Day, and is prohibited to any person under 18 years of age. The sale of firecrackers is prohibited year-round. The Regina Police Service also cautions the citizens of Regina that fireworks and firecrackers are dangerous and can cause serious harm or injury.
The penalty under Bylaw No. 2005-18 indicates that an individual contravening the bylaw is subject to, “a fine of not more than $5,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $5,000 for each day during which the offence continues”. In the case of a corporation, the penalty for an offence is, “a fine of not more than $10,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of not more than $10,000 for each day during which the offence continues”.
The bylaw sets out strict rules for businesses storing and selling fireworks within the allowable periods. Among these provisions:
1) Fireworks cannot be displayed in lots exceeding 25 kilograms.
2) Fireworks must be in a display case or other suitable receptacle not accessible
to the public, and dispensed only by the vendor or the vendor’s employees.
3) A summary of the bylaw requirements must be displayed immediately adjacent to the fireworks.
4) Fireworks cannot be stored where they are exposed to direct sunlight or excess heat, or in close proximity to flammable material.
The Regina Police Service plans to help all citizens have a safe and enjoyable Canada Day weekend. People wishing to report any Bylaw infraction can call the City of Regina Bylaw Enforcement at 777-7000 or the Regina Police Service at 777-6500.