CANADA NEWS: The City of Waterloo reduces the time limit for the use of explosives

Waterloo City Council approved a change in the city’s explosives by-law on Monday night, lowering the window they were allowed to use.

Earlier the law allowed the use of explosives for seven days before and after Canada Day, Victoria Day, Lunar New Year and Diwali.

The window is now less than one day before and after Canada Day and Victoria Day as well as the welcome holidays of the Lunar New Year and Diwali.

The city only allows explosives to be detonated until 11 p.m. on allowed days.

Waterloo says the council has also asked staff to develop a communication system that will inform citizens about changes in the law and provide education about environmental impacts.

The city joins neighboring C Kitchener in having some of the toughest fireworks around Canada Day and Victoria Day, though it does not allow fireworks during the Lunar New Year and has a three-day window near Diwali.

Meanwhile, down in Cambridge, that city also allows explosives on just Diwali, Canadian Day and Victoria Day; however, it also has a two-day window open after these days in the event of inclement weather.

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