Fireworks

Fireworks permitting resumes electronically

Strathcona County will now temporarily be issuing fireworks permits electronically. For information, please contact Strathcona County Fire Prevention at 780-449-9651 or fireprevention@strathcona.ca

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To sell, purchase or set off fireworks in Strathcona County, you must have a valid fireworks permit. Residents that want to discharge fireworks can do so on private property in the rural area. While there is no charge for obtaining a fireworks permit, there are penalties for discharging without one or for being in violation of a fireworks permit regulation.

Fireworks are not allowed in hamlets including Sherwood Park, Antler Lake, Ardrossan, Collingwood Cove, Half Moon Lake, Hastings Lake, Josephburg, North and South Cooking Lake.

Where do I get a fireworks permit?

Applications for fireworks permits are temporarily being issued electronically. Call Fire Prevention at 780-449-9651 or email for more information. 

Fireworks permit holders are required to call the Burn Status Line at 780-464-8464 or text the word "BURN" to 587-340-3696 immediately before discharge to ensure that permits have not been suspended.

Consumer fireworks information (123.1 KB)

The sale and use of fireworks is regulated within Strathcona County by three acts of legislation, including the Alberta Fire Code and federal law. The Fire Prevention division issues permits for all pyrotechnics, including consumer and display fireworks.

Consumer fireworks may only be discharged on private rural properties.

Applicants must be at least 18 years, the legal landowner, or have written permission from the legal landowner to obtain a fireworks permit.

How do I dispose of fireworks? 

Consumer fireworks are often discharged at special events such as Canada Day and New Year’s Eve. Once your celebration is over, fireworks can be a mess to clean up. Fireworks, when incorrectly disposed of, can be dangerous to you, the individuals who handle your waste, and the environment. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for safe disposal.

Below are best practices for disposal of used and unused fireworks:

  1. Submerge and soak fireworks (including all cardboard) in a bucket of water for at least 15 minutes. Soak overnight if possible.
  2. It is important to soak fireworks that did not discharge. Never try to relight a misfire – wait 20 minutes after the failed detonation and soak fireworks in water overnight.
  3. Place fireworks in a plastic bag to maintain moisture (double bag if possible)
  4. Safely dispose of fireworks in your black garbage cart. These items cannot be recycled or composted.

Frequently asked fireworks questions:

Further information
Fire Prevention division
fireprevention@strathcona.ca
780-449-9651

Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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