Fireworks in King: What you need to know

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In May 2022, the Township of King updated its fireworks bylaw, reducing the number of permitted days to set off fireworks and identifying where fireworks can and can’t be used.

The revised fireworks bylaw strengthens King’s permitting process and increases the Township’s ability to regulate the sale, use and display of fireworks in King. The bylaw penalty structure was increased to address the severity of an offence. Enhanced set fines are in development. 

The new bylaw balances the safe use of fireworks with the protection of King’s rural areas, including protecting livestock from harm resulting from fireworks.

Here are some highlights from By-law 2022-032, A By-law to Regulate and Govern the Sale, Use and Display of Fireworks within the Township of King

  • Fireworks can only be set off on Canada Day, the Victoria Day holiday and the third day of the Diwali Festival.
  • Fireworks can only be set off between dusk and 11 p.m.
  • Vendors will now require a permit to sell fireworks within King.  
  • Fireworks must be set off at least eight metres from any structure and three metres from property lines, public walkways or roadways.
  • Fireworks cannot be set off on any public land, including parks, parking lots or roads. They are potential fire hazards and the loud noises they make can negatively impact pets, livestock, wild animals and people sensitive to loud noises. 

Fireworks cannot be set off within:

  • 150 metres of a nursing home/facility, home for the aged, veterinary clinic/shelter or any place where explosives, gasoline or other highly flammable/combustible materials/substances are stored.
  • 150 metres of a place of worship or a school, daycare or nursery school, without the written consent of the owner. 
  • 1,000 metres (one kilometre) of livestock, an equestrian facility or operation, without the written consent of the owner. 
  • 1,000 metres (one kilometre) of woodlands/forested areas, tall grass prairie habitat, wetlands, and nesting birds, without the written consent of the owner. 

The community is encouraged to enjoy public, professional firework displays as an alternative to family fireworks.

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