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Township of Essa Administration Centre

5786 County Road 21 | Utopia, ON L0M 1T0

Phone: 705-424-9917 Fax: 705-424-2367

Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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​​​​​​​Fireworks header 2.jpg​Fireworks in the Township of Essa are governed by By-law ​2020-59​ as amended.  

Residents wishing to set off family fireworks (consumer fireworks) for Victoria Day or Canada Day may do so on the holiday itself, or one day prior to ​the holiday without a perm​it. 

Fireworks can only be set off from dusk until 10 p.m. 

Fireworks cannot be used within 8 metres of any building, accessory building or structure, tree, fence, tent, trailer, recreational or motor vehicle.  

​Residents who do not adhere to the Fireworks By-law are liable to be charged under the Fireworks By-law.

2021-06-22 Fireworks Media Rele​ase

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • ​Follow the laws and regulations regarding the use of fireworks.

  • Purchase your fireworks from a reliable source that sells products meeting safety standards.

  • Stay away from illegal explosives or firecrackers and do not improvise and make your own fireworks

  • Read the Instructions, this is worth repeating: read the instructions, cautions and warnings on each firework item

  • Store unused fireworks in a closed box away from the firework being lit and do not smoke around the fireworks

  • Set up outdoors in a clear, open space. Light fireworks on a hard, flat and level surface to insure stability

  • Check the wind and have the wind blowing away from the spectators

  • Spectators should be at least the safety distance written on the fireworks label away from the display, keeping special supervision on children

  • Have a bucket of sand, supply of water and a working fire extinguisher on hand

  • Only adults (18 years or over) should handle the fireworks. If you are impaired (alcohol or drugs) do not handle the fireworks

  • Light only one firework item at a time

  • Wear protective eye glasses and gloves. Light at arm’s length and then stand back

  • Never lean over the fireworks and keep hair and clothes away from fire sources

  • Never attempt to re-light a “dud” or defective firework

  • Never hold a lighted firework item in your hand

  • Sparklers should be immersed in a bucket of sand to cool down after burning out, as they remain very hot for some time

  • Fireworks should be disposed of safely and properly​