Fireworks sales prohibition now in effect in RDEK
The sale of fireworks is currently prohibited in the rural parts of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).
“Our seasonal prohibition on the sale of Fireworks runs between May and October each year, and we want to remind both business owners and the general public that the sale of fireworks in the rural parts of the RDEK is now prohibited,” said RDEK Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod.
As a regional district, the RDEK is not able to regulate the use of fireworks as a municipality might.
The use of fireworks in rural areas is governed by provincial restrictions, which prohibit the use of fireworks anytime there is a Category 2 Open Burning Ban in place.
“It is important for the public to understand the different categories of burning restrictions in B.C., as many people do not realize that the use of fireworks are prohibited whenever a Category 2 Open Burning Ban is in effect,” added McLeod.
The RDEK’s bylaw prohibits the sale and disposition of fireworks between May 1 and October 1 and applies to any person or business within rural Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F and G.