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Here are the rules for setting off your own fireworks in Toronto on Victoria Day

Victoria Day fireworks are back in Toronto this year, but in addition to the big displays at Ashbridges Bay and Canada's Wonderland, there are likely to be many fireworks going off in other parts of the city.

It's a good thing then that the City of Toronto has just released a new set of regulations outlining the best practices for setting off your own fireworks this Victoria Day weekend.

Based on the latest rules, fireworks are permitted on your private property until 11 p.m. on Victoria Day, May 22.

If you're looking to set off fireworks on any other day, you will need a permit.

These new rules also state that individuals won't be allowed to set off fireworks in public spaces such as parks, beaches, streets, parking lots or "any private property that is not your own."

Unregulated fireworks have been a nuisance in Toronto for a while now. Last year, the fireworks show at Woodbine Beach on Victoria Day resulted in violence and multiple arrests. 

The curb on private fireworks seem to be an attempt to reduce the chaos on Victoria Day weekend.

People are encouraged to call 311 to report the use of fireworks in a park or beach in Toronto and the misuse of fireworks.

Lead photo by

Arthur Chauvineau

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