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June 22, 2012
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Don’t play with explosives

Environment, Labour and Justice

Fireworks are a traditional part of Canada Day and other summer celebrations, but safety must always be the first priority says Provincial Fire Marshal Dave Rossiter.

“Family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays are not only illegal, they are dangerous and can result in serious injury to the person setting the fireworks or to the spectators,” said Mr. Rossiter. “I urge Island residents to make safety a priority during celebrations this summer.”

In accordance with the Fire Prevention Act Regulations, the display, sale and possession of fireworks is prohibited in Prince Edward Island. Fireworks may only be set off by a person who is licensed through Natural Resources Canada and has obtained a permit to hold and display fireworks from the Fire Marshal’s Office.

“While a fireworks display can be fun for spectators of all ages, I hope people will remember that fireworks are not toys,” said Mr. Rossiter. “They are dangerous explosive devices that should only be handled by experienced and licensed professionals.”

For more information, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 368-4869, or go to and click on permits in the resources box at the bottom of the page.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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