No changes made to fireworks by-law

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Quinte West council, at Monday evening’s meeting, decided to not make amendments to By-law 07-144, a by-law to prohibit and regulate the sale, setting off or firing of fireworks and firecrackers.

Councilor Terry Cassidy brought a concern to the discussion, asking why they could not implement into the by-law a rule about not setting fireworks and firecrackers within a certain number of metres of an active livestock or holding area.

It was then explained that for there to be enforcement surrounding firecrackers and fireworks being set off near livestock, staff would need to be on-site to witness the commotion.

This would cause several availability issues for staff, as it is nearly impossible to determine when and where fireworks may be set off. Given the time fireworks happen, staff would need to have witnessed the action to issue a citation.

In addition to this, it was stated that determining the separation distance would be difficult as well as many things could impact where noise from firecrackers could be heard. Due to physics, wind and impact, unfortunately, this was not a change that could be successfully implemented and enforced.

Council then approved making no amendments to the current by-law.

Virginia Clinton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Intelligencer