Get out and celebrate Canada Day but do it safely, and leave the fireworks to the people who know what they're doing. The Moose Jaw Fire Department is asking that residents refrain from putting on their own fireworks show this weekend.
Fire Chief Rod Montgomery said, "In the city of Moose Jaw, we prohibit any use of fireworks unless you have a permit from the fire department and certainly there are certain risks with fireworks that we don't want people exposed to." He also explained that despite the recent rainfall, it's only a false sense of security and there is many dry patches of brush and vegetation that would quickly become a fire hazard.
There's also the personal safety factor. Fireworks are explosives and unless you know what you're doing, they can be very dangerous.
"The numbers show that there are a lot of people who have been burned or injured from the use of fireworks. It's just a safety thing and we don't want to create any added hazards," Montgomery added.
The official fireworks display will happen between 10:30 and 11:00, Saturday night at Hamilton Flats.