Fireworks are on the agenda, but City council won't set them off or bring in new rules before Halloween.
It's only a coincidence that councillors are being asked to consider options for possible changes to City fireworks regulation just two days before the big bonanza.
On Tuesday, a report from the community safety director David Duckworth goes before a council workshop. The report lays out four options for regulation, ranging from status quo to an outright ban of pyrotechnics from private property.
The possibility of stricter regulation has been in the City's sights for the past 18 months, said Coun. Ken Christian. A proposal was brought forward initially by former fire chief Neill Moroz before it was sent back to new Chief Dale McLean.
There was a call for tighter rules after a private fireworks display set fire to a hedge, he noted.
As it is, people are permitted to set off pyro displays between Oct. 24 and Nov. 1. The only exceptions are municipally permitted events, such as Canada Day, or displays done by certified fireworks supervisors. Even during this week, people must be at least 21 years old, obtain a permit and discharge the fireworks on their own property.
A second option would require permit applicants to hold a valid fireworks display certificate. The catch? Certification costs $150 and must be renewed every five years. They would also need to apply if the fireworks were to be set off outside of the permitted period.
A permit fee and two weeks lead time would be required with a third option, which would also offer an online application process.
The final option is similar to the third except that it would allow displays only on pre-approved city property. That would address concerns from neighbours who may fear that the fireworks will land on their property.
The coincidence of fireworks rules and Halloween may hold some value, Christian added.
"What it will do is help with awareness," he said. "Council and the fire department want everybody to be responsible this year - if they're using fireworks - for reasons of safety and property damage."