Highlands East council opts not to regulate fireworks 0
Highlands East council will not be creating a bylaw restricting fireworks in the township.
The issue didn’t make much of a noise when councillors discussed it at their Oct. 9 meeting.
There have been numerous complaints throughout the county of fireworks going off at all times of the day, holiday or not, in the summer.
Algonquin Highlands is strengthening its noise bylaw to address fireworks and last Thursday, Minden Hills councillors started working on a fireworks ban.
However, complaints about fireworks in Highlands East seem to be non-existent.
“Have there been complaints?” asked Councillor Joan Barton.
Her colleagues said they hadn’t received any.
Fire chief Bill Wingrove said he had received one complaint about flying lanterns being used at a funeral.
Used in many Asian cultures, the lanterns are becoming more common in Canada.
Deputy-reeve Suzanne Partridge said she had concerns about the lanterns landing in lakes and Wingrove said the Fire Marshal’s Office is gathering more information on the devices.
Councillors also agreed that a fireworks bylaw would be too difficult to enforce.