Canada Day celebrators warned to lay off fireworks

By Vanessa Ybarra
July 1, 2017 - 7:00am

KAMLOOPS —  Celebrators are being warned to lay off the fireworks this Canada Day long weekend.

Max Birkner, Fire Information Officer with the Kamloops Fire Centre says fireworks, as well burn barrels and binary exploding targets are prohibited as part of the seasonal burning ban.

"We understand that people do like to celebrate but we're asking people to respect the ban," said Birkner. "The regulations apply to crown lands, park lands and private lands not serviced by a fire department."

Those caught lighting up the sky could be slapped with a $1,150 fine.

Campfires larger than half-metre by half-metre are also banned.

Birkner says those responsible for starting a wildfire will be responsible for firefighting and associated clean-up costs.

In the City of Kamloops fireworks are prohibited year round, except for specific times around Halloween and New Years Eve, but during those times you are required to hold a permit.

For those in the city wanting to take in a professional fireworks display, the sky will light up at 10:30pm near Riverside Park — but the display can be seen from many points in the city.

Thousands expected to attend Canada Day festivities in Kamloops