In a video posted to Twitter last week, Mayor-Elect Patrick Brown was seen breaking Brampton’s fireworks bylaws.
The video, which appeared on Brown’s Twitter feed but was later taken down, shows Brown lighting prohibited fireworks in what appears to be a public parquette.
Long-range fireworks, like skyrockets, flying lanterns, roman candles — similar to the ones seen in the video posted by Brown — or anything that travels more than 3 metres (10 feet) are prohibited in Brampton.
In 2017 the city of Brampton enacted a new Fireworks bylaw allowing residents to use short-range fireworks four times a year, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Diwali, and New Year’s Eve. This year, in celebrating of Diwali, fireworks were allowed from November 6 to 8.
Not only did Brown use prohibited fireworks, but he also set them off in what looks like a small park on a residential street. No fireworks of any kind, even short-range ones, are cleared for use on the four designated days a year on city streets, sidewalks, and parks as well as school properties.
Under the bylaw fountains, wheels, ground spinners, sparklers and any other fireworks expected to travel less than 3 metres, are allowed.
It isn’t clear whether Brown was aware of the bylaw, as he did not return Bramptonist‘s request for a comment.
The City of Brampton is aware of the incident, but it’s unknown whether Bylaw Enforcement will move forward with a citation for Brown. Any person found guilty of breaking the city’s Fireworks Bylaw could be liable to a fine of a minimum of $500.
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