Town backs off fireworks bylaw

Retailers may sell fireworks before October and New Year's

  • May. 20, 2016 8:00 a.m.

The Town of Princeton has taken a step back from its once-proposed ban on selling fireworks.

Instead of outright forbidding the sale of fireworks, local businesses will be able to sell them for two weeks prior to Halloween and two weeks prior to New Year’s Eve.

A new bylaw to that effect received three readings at council last week.

“The business community spoke and the town re-evaluated the bylaw,” said councillor Jerome Tjerkstra, who holds the municipality’s economic development portfolio.

In January council gave three readings to a bylaw banning the sale of fireworks in town. The use of fireworks within town limits has been banned for many years.

The move took some business owners by surprise, particularly Dawn Castor, owner of Princeton’s Looney Bin.

Tjerkstra said the town worked with Castor who “showed a great deal of sensitivity to the safety issue and the risks around fireworks.”

Tjerkstra noted the Looney Bin always pulls its fireworks from the shelves when there is a fire ban.

 

There is a “heightened public awareness around fire risk,” added Tjerkstra. He said the new bylaw respects the safety risks while “allowing business to make some money.”