Victoria Day 2023 fireworks toronto

People got stupid with fireworks all over Toronto on Victoria Day

Fireworks illuminated the night sky across Toronto on Monday night, but it was another Victoria Day tradition that has people talking the morning after; the annual fireworks war between rowdy Roman candle-wielding teenagers.

Toronto's main fireworks display was held over Ashbridge's Bay, and police were out in full force to prevent a repeat of the chaotic events witnessed during 2022's Victoria Day celebration.

Crowds were comparatively orderly at Woodbine Beach this time around, however, a few dangerous incidents were recorded on Monday night, triggering a new round of debate on the use of these pyrotechnics by members of the public.

An employee of a Koreatown restaurant captured a scene on Bloor Street where a group can be seen shooting off fireworks toward a group of people, instead striking a storefront.

Another driver shared dashcam video with blogTO, claiming that a group of teenagers attacked his Tesla with fireworks near Pearson Airport. Shakib Valizadeh tells blogTO, "As I was driving, three teens threw fireworks and thanks to my fast reaction, nothing caught on fire."

Similar scenes unfolded across the GTA, including an incident involving a group of teenagers in downtown Oakville. Another fireworks shooting in Mississauga left two injured.

One commenter even calls the dangerous act of aiming explosive pyrotechnics at fellow humans a “tradition.”

The City of Toronto does indeed allow the public to set off personal fireworks displays without a permit on May 2-4 weekend and Canada Day, but the recent trend of fireworks-related violence has some questioning the availability of these potentially dangerous displays.

Even when people can resist the temptation to point fireworks at others, their use outside of permitted hours is an annual nuisance to people with actual jobs who need to wake up in the morning.

Others are finding their dog-walking routes taken over by kids shooting off fireworks.

But, like every year, the biggest victims of fireworks displays continuing well past the 11 p.m. cutoff are the pets who simply don't understand the extended rumbling barrage. My own cat included.

Toronto skies — and potentially streets — will light up once again for Canada Day in just over one month.

Lead photo by

Phil Marion

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