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Setting off fireworks? Here are the times you can light up

Thinking of sending out a few Roman candles Sunday? Perhaps you're saving your fireworks for Saturday night, after Canada Day. Think again, says Hamilton Fire.

Hamilton Fire says fireworks can be lit 2 days before and after holiday only

Thinking of sending out a few Roman candles Sunday? Perhaps you're saving your fireworks for Saturday night, well after Canada Day.

Think again, says Hamilton Fire.

Fireworks can only be set off on the two days before or after Canada Day, says the city's fire service.

The city's annual fireworks show is set for Wednesday, July 1. Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the fireworks starting at 10 p.m. You can view the show from Bayfront Park or Pier 4.

However if 30,000 people watching fireworks in a park isn't your thing, or you think you can do better, here are some tips for setting off your own fireworks, which is okay from Monday to Friday this week.

  • You need to be 18 years of age to buy and set off fireworks.
  • They cannot be discharged over roads.
  • Light them one at a time.
  • Keep a hose or water pail nearby.
  • Set up a safe-zone for spectators, and don't forget to check the wind direction and strength.
  • If the fireworks don't have a base, bury at least half of the firework in a bucket of sand or dirt.
  • Never try to re-light a dud. Leave it for 30 minutes and then place it in a bucket of water.
  • Supervise children using sparklers. They stay hot for a while after they are extinguished.
  • If someone is burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes, and head to the hospital if you need to.

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