Nothing quite says summer like sitting around a fire as the sun goes down on a long weekend, getting ready to watch some fireworks with groups of kids ready for as much noise and bright lights as they can get.
Fire Chief Colin Shewell told council Sept. 29 he has no intention of breaking up the party, but hopes a new bylaw will help him put an end to repeat rowdy revellers.
The new rules were passed unanimously after amendments put forward by Coun. Christa Cowell to allow two-foot open fires instead of one-by-one lit matchsticks, and Deputy Mayor Marigay Wilkins to expand fireworks purchses to one week before and after all holiday weekends instead of just one week before Victoria and Canada Days. Now nobody can discharge any fireworks within the Municipality at any time except on holidays and the day before holidays, unless permission to do so has been given by the fire chief for events like weddings.Permits are needed for larger or public displays. No flying lanterns are allowed. Fire chief Colin Shewell made it clear this is not to go after backyard barbeques but to get serious or repeat offenders. it is also focused on large displays.
Enforcement comes with $500 fines. There is also protection for local vendors by not allowing pop-up sales.
Chris Gareau, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Middlesex Banner