Council shoots down IPE fireworks proposal

Kelowna company had hoped to help the City of Armstrong celebrate its 100th birthday with fireworks during the upcoming IPE

A Kelowna company had hoped to help the City of Armstrong celebrate its 100th birthday with fireworks during the upcoming Interior Provincial Exhibition.

The city, however, has said thanks but no thanks.

Black Match Pyrotechnics wrote a letter to council saying they had been approached by the IPE to provide a pair of pyrotechnic shows during the annual fall fair.

One would have taken place during the rodeo using indoor pyrotechnics, the other would have been an aerial fireworks display.

Both shows had been slated for Aug. 28.

Mayor Chris Pieper said there were a number of issues council considered in regards to the proposal before unanimously voting against it.

“It’s the time of the year and there’s a fire ban currently in place,” said Pieper. “Two, there’s all of the livestock at the fairground and we had concerns about the amount of animals and people around.”

The city’s fire prevention bylaw requires written permission from the fire chief for any discharging of fireworks outside the period of Oct. 24 to Nov. 1.

Fire chief Ian Cummings told staff he would not provide permission for a fireworks display during the IPE.

The city hosts fireworks on Halloween.

“We’ll stick with that,” said Pieper. “There are no animals around at that time and no fire hazards.”