Big spike in fireworks complaints prompts police to remind residents of Peterborough’s noise by-law

In the last 45 days, police have responded to 51 more calls than the same time last year

Peterborough police say the sound of fireworks being set off late at night is disturbing residents and startling pets. From May 15 to June 30, 2020, police have responded to 65 complaints of people setting off fireworks.
Peterborough police say the sound of fireworks being set off late at night is disturbing residents and startling pets. From May 15 to June 30, 2020, police have responded to 65 complaints of people setting off fireworks.

After a recent spike in complaints, Peterborough police are reminding city residents that the city’s noise by-law prohibits setting off fireworks.

From May 15th to June 30th, police have responded to 65 complaints of people setting off fireworks — 51 more calls than for the same period last year — according to a media release from the Peterborough Police Service.

The reports have come in from as early as 9:30 p.m. to as late as 1 a.m.

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The use of fireworks is dangerous and can cause injury or property damage. Fireworks are not permitted to be set off on city property.

The sound of fireworks being set off late at night is also disturbing residents and startling pets, police say.

Police are reminding residents the city’s noise by-law prohibits noise likely to disturb neighbours and other residents. Setting off fireworks would be covered under this by-law, according to police.

The by-law covers 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The set fine is $125.

“Please respect other residents’ lawful right to enjoy their property,” the media release concludes. “Police are recommending against setting off fireworks.”

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