Saskatoon Police Shuts Down Private Canada Day Fireworks Display Allowed by Law

On Friday at about 10:30pm, Alice Farness was visited by two of Saskatoon's police force while a group gathered in her backyard to celebrate Canada Day.

"They demanded if we had a permit for the fireworks. Then they told us we had to stop our firework display right then," Farness wrote in a letter she fired off the next day to the police and fire chiefs, the mayor and media. "We tried to explain that a firework display was allowed on private property four times a year between dusk and 11 p.m., but they ignored us. These two officers totally spoiled our Canada Day celebration after we had spent a great deal of money and time putting the display together . (Their) actions were also very embarrassing to me and my family, as many of our friends and neighbours look forward to our firework display and celebrating with us."

Farness is right about the annual four days of fireworks freedom. Police Inspector Ballard said the officers simply weren't aware of the bylaw provision that allows citizens to detonate low-hazard fireworks from dusk to 11 p.m. on Victoria Day, Canada Day and Labour Day, and from dusk on New Year's Eve until 12: 15 a.m. New Year's Day.

"From a police service perspective, with Labour Day coming up, our officers will be made aware of it," said Insp. Ballard.

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