Late night fireworks causes stir at Toronto’s waterfront

TORONTO – A fireworks display near Toronto’s waterfront caused a bit of a ruckus on social media Sunday night as it erupted just before midnight.

Questions were raised about loud booms being heard near Polson Pier and the east end of Toronto.

Toronto police later confirmed it was a result of fireworks and there was no threat to the public.

Still, it caused many to wonder why the pyrotechnics were allowed in the first place.

According to the City of Toronto, fireworks are only allowed on Canada Day and Victoria Day.

However, permits are given out to those who wish to show their own display on private property with a payment of an application fee and completed Temporary Fireworks Permit Application Form.

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Some speculated the displays were an early celebration of Diwali, the Indian “festival of lights.”

However, a Tourism Toronto spokesperson told Global News that the show was part of a private corporate event and obtained necessary safety permits, although it would not identify the specific group.

The late hour was also an issue, since the barrage would appear to violate local noise bylaws. Global News has inquired if the group had a permit, but has not had a response at this time.


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