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Fireworks ban denied by city council

The city’s proposed fire services bylaw was voted down by city council during last night’s regular meeting.

One item on the proposed bylaw would have seen the ban of the use and sale of consumer fireworks in Grande Prairie.

Canadian National Fireworks Association Executive Director Dominique Allen says they hope this will now give them an opportunity to work a bit closer with the municipality.

“The first way is to work with the fire department themselves, as well as the city to talk about what they would like to see from their residents as far as a fireworks bylaw. But we always like to educate our retailers on how to properly sell fireworks and what their set up should look like as well.”

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As it stands right now, consumer fireworks are not allowed on private property anywhere in Grande Prairie, and Mayor Bill Given says he had hoped this bill would be able to clarify that for city residents.

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