A new shipment of fireworks arrives at General Grant's Convenience Store Wednesday, just in time for the busy Halloween season.
A prolonged stretch of unseasonably hot and dry weather prompted Fire and Rescue Capt. Sheldon Guertin to prohibit the sale of fireworks and open burning in the city until further notice two weeks ago.
Now that there's been a sudden change to cool, wet weather, the City has had a change of heart, he said Tuesday.
Which is good news for General Grant's owner Richard Robertson, who decided to order more of the festive explosive in anticipation of the City lifting the ban.
Given that fireworks can boost his October sales by 25 to 30 per cent, he wanted to have enough in stock, just in case, Robertson said Tuesday.
"It's huge for us," he said. "It gives us a product line at a time of year when it's pretty quiet. (Not having fireworks) would take a bit of the profitability off our sales."
Aside from a slight spike on July 1 and another at New Year's Eve, fireworks sales are slow, which is why he's allowed to have 100 kg on site, said Robertson. During the busy Halloween season he can stock up to 1,000 kg to keep up with the demand.
The City rescinded its fire ban on Tuesday — one day before vendors are allowed to begin selling fireworks to permitted buyers 21 years and older. Sales continue until Nov 1.
Guertin said open burning will also be allowed from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 with permits purchased from Fire and Rescue Station No. 1 in Sahali. Permits are $50 in cash or cheque only. Anyone caught burning without a permit will be subject to a $500 fine.
The weather might be cooler and wetter, but Guertin stressed it's still dry out there with a fire-danger rating of moderate.
"It was a fine balance of meeting the needs of the public and safety," he said of the decision to allow the explosives to be used.
For more information on fireworks and open burning contact Station No. 1 at 250-372-5131 or visit kamloops.ca/firerescue.