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Halloween fireworks permits and safety tips


To ensure a safe and fun fireworks display on Halloween, you need to get a family fireworks permit and follow our rules and safety tips below.

Not obeying the rules may lead to a $500 fine per violation.

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

Safety first

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

Do not try to make your own fireworks! It's illegal and extremely dangerous.


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.


Fireworks safety tips, procedures and rules

To buy, own, and set off fireworks, follow these procedures and rules.


  • Transport fireworks in the trunk of your vehicle only. If you drive a van or truck, transport fireworks in a non-sparking container with a lid.
  • Check the instructions for special handling directions. 
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
  • Keep fireworks away from children.

Do not

  • Never smoke while handling fireworks.
  • Do not drop fireworks.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pockets.


  • 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 or anyone except for the permit holder handle fireworks. Even sparklers burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.


  • Stand well back when the fireworks have been lit.
  • Wear only non-flammable clothing or costumes when igniting fireworks, like cotton and other natural fibres. Never wear synthetic fibres like 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, like pipes for example.
  • 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.

Rules and bylaws for fireworks

Fireworks can only be set off:

  • On October 31
  • By the permit holder: someone 19 years or older that complies with all the permit conditions
  • On private property, with the property owner's written permission
  • On paths that avoid people, animals, buildings, or vehicles 

 Disobeying these rules may lead to a $500 fine per violation, according to:

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