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Is what I’m shooting off legal?

Is what I’m shooting off legal?

2014 Edmonton firework laws

One of the most popular and exciting ways to celebrate Canada Day is by either purchasing and shooting off fireworks yourself, or going to a professional firework show.

Other popular ways to celebrate Canada Day are by attending parades, organizing picnics or watching others perform live music. However, if you’re choosing to celebrate Canada Day, which takes place on July 1 each year, you should know the 2014 Edmonton firework laws before you end up in more trouble than you bargained for.

A lot of American cities and states have laws regarding explosive fireworks, but permit non-explosive fireworks such as sparklers, snakes and poppers.

As far as Alberta and Edmonton go, you need a permit before you shoot off any fireworks. You actually need to get a permit from the city of Edmonton before you even buy fireworks, according to fire marshals.

If you are caught using or setting off fireworks without a permit and start a fire you may receive a ticket or bill for emergency services, or even legal repercussions. That’s a big risk to take for a little fun.

In order to get a permit, you need to be the owner of the property from where you are setting off the fireworks. If you’re not the property owner, you can still obtain a permit with written consent from the property owner and you will have to provide proof of insurance coverage. You must also have at least 400 square metres of space to set off the fireworks, with 10 metres in each direction. You can purchase a permit from Edmonton Fire and Rescue’s Fire Prevention division.

Something to note, however, is if you are in a fire ban zone, fireworks are not permitted even with the use of a permit. Also to note is that if you are purchasing fireworks for use outside of Edmonton, you must have written permission from local authorities of where the fireworks will be used. The permission must be no older than two weeks from time of purchase.