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2014-08-02 at 20:50

Holiday weekend

By Matt Vis,
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THUNDER BAY -- In this area the August holiday has become synonymous with warm weather and a relaxing long weekend.

For many, that also means celebrating with a fireworks display.

Debbie Groombridge of Pyro Boyz says that while Canada Day is still the busiest time of the summer, the August civic holiday weekend brings in quite a large number of sales.

The most typical August long weekend customer, Groombridge said, was one that purchases a large quantity for a big group.

One such customer is Peter DeBoer, who four years ago started an annual tradition by hosting a fireworks show for family and friends.

All of those attending pitch in to help enhance the quality of the fireworks, which led to him having nearly $1,500 to spend on pyrotechnics this year.

Having the fireworks is the centrepiece towards having a gathering.

“They like watching them and I like that it brings everyone together. Everyone likes a good fireworks show,” he said.

Groombridge says all customers are given detailed safety instructions when fireworks are purchased. She cautioned that they are not to be set off in hand and should be secured before lighting.

A fireworks show is only legally if being set either by or with consent of the property owner.

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tadzup says:
A copy of the local bylaw should be posted where fireworks are being sold so people can't use ignorance as an excuse to set them off weeks before and after the holiday.

A few hours a night, only on the night of the holiday (or possibly the weekend prior if the holiday falls on a weekday) is more than enough for people to get their jollies shooting potentially dangerous fireworks in residential neighbourhoods.
8/2/2014 9:25:24 PM
tsb says:
As long as they're not being set off between midnight and 12am, I think everyone will be happy, except those who won't be.
8/2/2014 10:20:34 PM
donnybrook says:
Fireworks, being the the big explosive lights in the sky with the occasional pop and bang, is one thing and it tolerable. But since when did loud explosions that mimic a shotgun being fired qualify as a "firework"? Setting these things off late at night scares everyone's pets, startles people, and keeps everyone awake. What is the point of setting these things off? You want to hear loud noises go work in a machine shop or go to a firing range. These loud, obnoxious "fireworks" should be banned.
8/2/2014 10:21:46 PM
jaxoon says:
If you live in the Mariday Park area, those may not be fireworks that you are hearing. They could very well be actual shotgun blasts.
8/6/2014 1:26:34 PM
TBAY Opinion says:
Nothing says "Fireworks" like Lord Simcoe Day.

8/3/2014 7:18:16 AM
cariboukid says:
Fireworks are great, everyone loves them.
But maybe instead of blowing $1500 on a shiny light show, donate it to Shelter House or the District Humane Society instead. That $1500 would go a long long way to make someone's life a whole lot better. Just a thought.
8/3/2014 10:36:31 AM
thisismyotheraccount says:
Yeah, fireworks are great...when they're set off ON the holiday, out of residential areas, between 10:00pm-11:00pm. Too bad that a lot of residents disregard their neighbours, and set them off at 1:00am, 3-4 days in a row (before and after the actual holiday), all while standing directly outside of your house.
8/3/2014 10:49:38 AM
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