Brampton motion to ban fireworks unanimously

A motion to ban fireworks passed unanimously at a Brampton council committee meeting.

Regional Councilor Dennis Keenan introduced the motion on Wednesday, seconded by Gurpartap Singh Toor. According to a press release posted by Keenan on TwitterBrampton’s fireworks by-law will be ratified at the next city council meeting.

If passed at the next regular meeting of council, the proposal will prohibit the use, purchase, discharge, possession and sale of all fireworks in Brampton, including fireworks from consumption and presentation, pyrotechnics and fireworks already prohibited.

The film industry and the City of Brampton will still be able to have displays.

Fines for improper use of fireworks will be increased.

The motion comes as the city sees an increase in fireworks-related incidents.

According to the press release, the city has received 1,491 calls with fireworks-related complaints so far this year. That’s nearly three times the 492 fireworks calls the city received last year.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown also tweeted: “The people of #Brampton have spoken. We heard these concerns about the fireworks loud and clear at the gates during the recent election.

This summer, two teenagers lit fireworks on a GO train. In July, a man set off fireworks inside Scotiabank Arena during a Dua Lipa concert, injuring fans.

Brampton residents began calling for tougher restrictions on fireworks last month after Diwali celebrations sparked a flood of noise complaints and reports of unsafe fireworks use, including a police investigation into a fight involving 400 to 500 people.

Brampton City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting following its planning and development committee meeting on Monday.

The next regular meeting of Brampton City Council is scheduled for December 14.


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