With Canada Day festivities back in full swing after a two year pause due to the pandemic, the Kelowna Fire Department is reminding residents it remains illegal to set off fireworks without a permit.
And, permits can only be obtained by licensed professionals.
“The illegal use of fireworks poses a safety risk and can cause stress in both people and animals,” said Kyle Jacobson, fire and life safety educator with the Kelowna Fire Department.
“Rather than risking injury and fines, we are urging residents to attend a professional fireworks display. Glowsticks are also a safe and fun alternative for children.”
Festivals Kelowna is again hosting Canada Day festivities throughout the downtown area all day Friday culminating with a large fireworks display over Okanagan Lake in front of Waterfront Park beginning at 10 p.m.
Jacobson says more than 10,000 people are injured each year in Canada and the United States from accidents caused by fireworks.
Fines of up to $500 per occurrence can be levied for illegal use.