London celebrations

Call for a ban on fireworks in the City of London

As the City of London prepares for a big fireworks display in Harris Park this Friday, it’s a day some in the community are dreading.

Becca Amendola, a student at Kings University College and Fanshawe College, has repeatedly called for a fireworks ban. So far, she said her calls to the city have fallen on deaf ears.

“The council here in London has declared a climate emergency,” Amendola explained. “Fireworks generate particles that never go away. It kills animals, birds give up, deer jump in the streets, animals have heart attacks, people can actually have heart attacks,” a- she declared.

Amendola, who studied environmental geoscience and social work, said she had researched the effects of fireworks and believed they caused more harm than good.

Emma Carrasco, who manages the Kaboom fireworks trailer in Masonville, said she agrees fireworks can be harmful to the environment. However, she doesn’t believe there should be an outright ban.

“A lot of people find pleasure in them and use them to celebrate the holidays,” she said. “So I think for that reason they should definitely be more regulated, but not banned entirely.”

Amendola, meanwhile, wants London to consider replacing public fireworks with laser shows – an option she says has recently been used successfully in London’s Hyde Park area.

London is due to showcase Canada Day fireworks at 10 p.m. Friday.