8th January 2010, 03:00 AM
New Kitchener bylaw would require licence to sell fireworks
KITCHENER, Ontario CAN — All stores that stock festive fireworks could soon face routine fire safety checks if changes to the city's bylaw, aimed at preventing accidental explosions, are adopted. The proposed changes would require all stores that sell fireworks around the May 24 and July 1 long weekends be licensed by the city. Currently, only temporary fireworks shops — the kind that set up roadside just before the holidays — require licences. The new licence would cost $175 and require that vendors comply with a number of safety regulations, including limits on how many fireworks they can sell and how they can be displayed and stored. The area where the fireworks are to be sold would also need prior approval to ensure it meets fire standards.