'Very, very happy' to 'racist': Brampton's ban on personal fireworks sparks mixed reaction among residents

BRAMPTON, ON - NOVEMBER 4: Samieen Kaur, 11, twirls sparklers outside the familys home in honour of Bandi Chhor Divas and Diwali. CORONAPD Toronto Star/Rick Madonik (Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Residents of Brampton, Ont. will no longer be allowed to set off personal fireworks after city councillors approved the ban following a surge in complaints.

The amended bylaw, approved by councillors on Monday night, prohibits the sale or use of personal fireworks in the city. However, the film industry and city-run events are excluded from the ban.

The motion, brought forward by Regional Councillor Dennis Keenan and seconded by Councillor Guratap Singh Toor, stated that Brampton received up to 1,491 calls related to fireworks in 2022—as compared to 492 in 2018.

"The City's By-law and Enforcement team has also already issued over $38,000 in fines this year, and excessive noise, fire safety concerns and left-over garbage piles are among the grievances received," the motion read.

Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown congratulated Keenan and Toor for their effort to ban fireworks quickly.

"The people of #Brampton have spoken. We heard these fireworks concerns loud and clear at the door steps during the recent election. Well done @Keenan4Brampton & @gurpartapstoor," he tweeted.

The ban received mixed reaction from many residents of Toronto and Brampton with some admonishing the councillors for a bylaw that is "racist" while some applauding the steps taken by the administration.