Brampton: The City of Brampton has unanimously moved a motion on Thursday to ban fireworks to ban the use of firecrackers following a surge in complaints post-Diwali in October.

The resolution was moved by Councillor Denis Keenan and endorsed by Gurpreet Singh Toor. The resolution calls for a ban on the use and sale of firecrackers in Brampton. The city council will approve the decision on November 28.

Under the amended law, those bursting firecrackers in Brampton will be fined up to $500 and fines for offering to sell and sell firecrackers will be increased to $1,000. Firecrackers can be burst only for the film industry and at events organised by the city.

Mayor Patrick Brown acknowledged that there had been talk about it by the people of Brampton. People are troubled by the bursting of firecrackers and the noise caused by it.

Under the current by-law, firecrackers are allowed to be burst in Brampton on Victoria’s Day, Canada Day, Diwali and New Year without a permit, but Keenan said that this time there have been complaints of an excessive increase in the incidents of fireworks, so strict penalties are needed to prevent it.

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