In a 7-1 vote, Tantramar Town Council approved a $2,000 fireworks display today to be held on Friday, February 10th in Bill Johnstone Memorial Park as part of this year’s Winterfest activities.
Council also approved closing Ford Lane from the park entrance to Landsdowne Street from 6 to 9 p.m. to prevent traffic from entering the blast radius.
Volunteer firefighters will be on hand to control the crowd and street.
Councillor Michael Tower cast the sole vote against the display.
“I realize that a lot of people enjoy fireworks,” he told council.
“I, on principle alone, will be voting against this — one, it’s not good for the environment, two, it’s not good for wildlife and there are many pets that do suffer from it.”
Tower added that a deeper reason came from conversations he’s had with two war veterans.
He explained that a Second World War veteran told him that fireworks brought back memories of the dread he felt from incoming artillery shells.
For a CBC story on the effect of private, unscheduled fireworks on a World War Two veteran in Quispamsis, click here.