Family fireworks restrictions could take bang out of celebrations: industry

The fireworks industry says an Alberta proposal to regulate family fireworks would take the bang and sparkle out of celebrations such as Canada Day.

EDMONTON — The fireworks industry says an Alberta proposal to regulate family fireworks would take the bang and sparkle out of celebrations such as Canada Day.

The province is considering fire code changes that would force municipalities to either ban fireworks such as Roman candles and bottle rockets or strictly regulate their sale and use.

The concern is that consumer fireworks can injure people and cause fires.

The Canadian National Fireworks Association says the products are safe if they are used properly and such restrictions would drive their sale underground.

Some communities such as Calgary already ban family fireworks, but others such as Edmonton allow them as long as people get a permit from the fire department and have insurance.

The Alberta government is to consider the proposal this fall.

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