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Halloween fireworks permits and safety tips


 Warning: Fireworks may cause serious injuries to the eyes, head or hands. Reduce the risk with proper handling.

To ensure a safe and fun fireworks display on Halloween, it is important that you obtain a family fireworks permit and follow the rules and safety tips outlined below.

You need to be 19 years and older to apply for a fireworks permit, and buy and set off fireworks.

Apply for a fireworks permit in early October

A fireworks permit allows you to purchase and possess family fireworks permit from October 25 to 31, and to discharge your fireworks on October 31.

Please visit this page in early October to apply online for your fireworks permit application.


Buying your fireworks

Once you have completed the application and your permit is issued, you can purchase your fireworks:

  1. Print off your permit
  2. Make sure you bring your printed permit, plus two pieces of valid ID, to the fireworks vendor
  3. Show your permit and your ID to the vendor
  4. Keep the permit with you when you set off your fireworks

Things to remember when buying your fireworks

  • Only buy fireworks from retailers who have a permit to sell fireworks
  • Only buy fireworks between October 25 and October 31
  • Only buy fireworks that are authorized for use in Canada
  • Do not try to make your own fireworks! It's illegal and extremely dangerous 

Rules for setting off your fireworks

Fireworks can only be set off:

  • On October 31
  • By the permit holder
  • On private property, with the property owner's written permission

Your permit does not allow you to set off fire crackers: these require a different permit

Safety tips for using fireworks with your family

Transporting and storing your fireworks

  • Only transport fireworks in the trunk of your vehicle.
  • If you don't have a trunk (e.g., van or pick-up truck), transport fireworks in a non-sparking container with a lid.
  • Do not smoke while loading, transporting or unloading fireworks.
  • Always store fireworks in a, cool, dry place
  • Keep fireworks away from children.
  • Check the instructions for special handling directions.
  • Do not drop fireworks.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Never smoke while handling fireworks.

Setting up your fireworks


  • Clear a large open area away from buildings, vehicles, overhead obstructions, and dry brush or grass.
    • For aerial fireworks, allow a minimum of 30 m by 30 m.
    • For ground-based fireworks (such as fountains and mines) allow a minimum of 20 m by 20 m.
  • Keep all spectators out of this area. 
  • Check wind direction and wind speed; fireworks should be lit with the wind blowing away from spectators.
  • Keep a charged hose or bucket of water close by in case of a malfunction or fire.
  • Carefully read all the instructions for each firework item ahead of time.
  • Set fireworks on an appropriate surface.
    • For aerial fireworks, bury the device up to its mid-point in a large pail or box filled with earth or sand, or in the ground.
    • For ground-based fireworks (such as fountains and mines), set the fireworks on on a hard, flat, level. Lay down wood or plywood over grass.

Do not

  • Do not use fireworks indoors; they are designed for outdoor use only.
  • Do not use fireworks in streets, lanes, or other public places.
  • Do not set off aerial fireworks in strong winds.
  • Do not let children handle fireworks. Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.

Lighting your fireworks


  • Stand well back when the fireworks have been lit.
  • Wear only non-flammable clothing and/or costumes when igniting fireworks. cotton and other natural fibres are non-flammable. Never wear synthetic fibres (such as nylon or polyester) when firing.
  • Protect your eyes with safety glasses or safety goggles. Regular glasses or sunglasses may actually contribute to an injury, or may make an injury worse.
  • During the show, store the unused fireworks away from the firing area and keep them covered to prevent stray sparks from prematurely setting them off.

Do not

  • Never hold fireworks in your hand.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at people, animals, or property.
  • Never let children handle, play with, or set off fireworks under any circumstances.
  • Never put any part of your body or head over fireworks.
  • Never insert fireworks into containers (for example, pipes).

Cleaning up your fireworks

  • Never pick up spent fireworks until your are absolutely sure they are completely out - the tip of a sparkler can get as hot as 1200 degrees Fahrenheit! Other fireworks can get just as hot.
  • Wait 30 minutes after the display has finished. Check the firing area for duds, clean up all debris, and check it again the next morning.
  • Never attempt to re-light fireworks that have misfired (duds). Wait 30 minutes and then place them in a bucket of water.

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