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Woodstonians Follow New Fireworks Bylaw

No charges have been laid after the Woodstock Fire Department responded to three fireworks complaints over the long weekend.

WOODSTOCK - The majority of Woodstonians followed the new fireworks bylaw over the Victoria Day long weekend.

Personal fireworks displays are now banned in the City. Trevor Shea, the Deputy Fire Chief for the Woodstock Fire Department, says local firefighters were out and about to make sure everyone was following the law.

"We had four calls of complaint of people shooting off fireworks. One of them was not in city limits, it was in East Zorra-Tavistock, so we only had three complaints within the city."

Those who are caught setting off fireworks could face a $400 fine, but Public Information Coordinator Lisa Woods says no one was charged this weekend.

"No charges were laid at this time. We did do some education and people were very compliant with that. As it was the first weekend of the new bylaw, we hoped to get the word out in various ways and it seems like the word did get out. So we're very happy with that."

The city used to allow fireworks for Victoria Day, Canada Day, and Diwali but that all changed when the new bylaw took effect on January 1st this year.

Deputy Chief Shea says the Woodstock Fire Department will be patrolling again during Canada Day celebrations on July 1st.

"We are hopeful that citizens are as compliant as they were over the Victoria Day weekend over the Canada Day weekend. We have faith in the Woodstonians."

The city will still be hosting its annual fireworks display in Southside Park during Canada Day this year.

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