Fireworks safety

Londoners wishing to discharge consumer fireworks are reminded to keep safety top of mind and follow the Fireworks By-law pertaining to the discharge of fireworks.

 Please take the following steps to minimize the risk of burns or fires:

  • Only adults who are aware of the hazards and essential safety precautions should handle and discharge fireworks.
  • Carefully read and follow the directions on fireworks packaging.
  • Always keep a water hose or pail of water close by when discharging fireworks.
  • Discharge fireworks well away from combustible materials like buildings, trees and dry grass.
  • Keep family onlookers a safe distance away, upwind from the area where fireworks are discharged.
  • Light only one firework at a time and only when they are on the ground. Never try to light a firework in your hand or re-light dud fireworks. For dud fireworks, it is best to wait 30 minute and soak them in a bucket of water. Dispose of them in a metal container.
  • Discharge fireworks only if wind conditions do not create a safety hazard.
  • Keep sparklers away from children. Sparklers burn extremely hot and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns. If someone gets burned, run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes and seek medical attention, if necessary.
  • Be respectful of your neighbours and mindful of pets

In the event of an emergency to life or property, call 9-1-1.

Those selling fireworks in a pop-up trailer are required to obtain a business licence. Businesses with questions regarding licencing can email

Residents with fireworks complaints that do not pose a life safety risk, please call the City of London By-Law Office at 519-661-4660 during business hours.

For noise complaints/nuisance calls regarding fireworks, please call London Police non-emergency line at 519-661-5670.

Residents with any fire safety questions should call the London Fire Department non-emergency phone number at 519-661-5615



Last modified:Thursday, September 17, 2020