No fireworks ban planned in Mississauga despite complaints


Published November 29, 2022 at 3:39 pm

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The City of Mississauga has no plans to ban fireworks.

The city’s neighbour to the north, Brampton, announced a ban on personal fireworks this week after a surge in complaints. Brampton received 1,491 calls related to fireworks in 2022, up from 492 in 2018.

Mississauga has also had its fair share of complaints. The city’s 311 line received 13 calls during Diwali regarding fireworks this October. And just before midnight on Oct. 24, Peel Region Police said the communications centre was getting an “influx” of 911 calls on fireworks.

Brampton will now hold a new, annual city-run Diwali celebration event with fireworks, similar to those on Canada Day and New Year’s Eve in 2023.

But there aren’t similar plans yet for Mississauga. A city spokesperson confirmed Mississauga is not currently considering a ban on fireworks.

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Currently, people can set off fireworks at home in Mississauga on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Lunar New Year, and Diwali. But other than these holidays, people need to apply for a firework display permit.

And fireworks cannot be used on a public street, park or road without a permit.

A few years ago, a petition was launched to ban fireworks in Mississauga. It asked Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie to ban fireworks and got around 400 signatures.

The petition noted that fireworks are bad for the environment, the loud “gun-shot noises” trigger veterans with PTSD and autistic people and terrify pets and wildlife.

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