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Brampton discussing ban on fireworks in residential areas 

Brampton/Nov.18,2015

City of Brampton is discussing a proposal to ban fireworks in residential neighborhoods after house fire incidents during diwali celebration last week. Two homes were destroyed on Binder Twain Trail near McLaughlin Rd and Chinguacousy Rd. City councilor Grand Gibson proposed the ban on Wednesday’s community services committee meeting. City staff has been asked to look into it and draft a proposal by early next year. The committee would also look at the cost of municipally-organized fireworks for Diwali and Victoria Day.

Last year, city councilors didn’t approve a proposal to put all-out ban on fireworks and agreed to pass a permit system. But many residents continue to do fireworks without getting permits from the city.

Interestingly, city of Mississauga recently passed a motion to allow fireworks on Diwali.

Midweek news spoke with Brampton residents about the new proposal by the city. In the wake of house fire incidents, many of the residents were of the view that fireworks should be allowed only on designated public places.

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