Fireworks Novelty Items

Safety Alert

June 1st, 2012

Sprite Bomb
Firework novelty item
Party snaps package
Firework novelty items next to ruler

Sprite bombs, party snaps and other similar types of novelty items

Background

Firework novelty items such as sprite bombs, party snaps and other similar types are not authorized for import, storage, sale or use in Canada as per the Explosives Act and Regulations. While the products are marketed as novelty items, they do contain a small amount of explosive material which is activated by either throwing the articles to the ground or by stepping on them. There have been many reported incidents of malfunctions resulting in serious injuries to those persons (mainly children) handing these products.

Way Forward

Any stores in possession of these illegal products are to remove them immediately from their shelves and contact the local police service to arrange for destruction of the products. Any persons who have purchased these products should return them to the point of purchase. Please also refer to any municipal by-laws regarding prohibited fireworks.

Please note that anyone in possession of these articles is violating Section 6 (d) of the Explosives Act - No person shall have in their possession any explosive except as authorized by the Explosive Act. As per Section 22 of the Explosive Act any person who contravenes any provision of the Act or the Regulations is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable to a fine up to $50,000.00. 

# ERD-SA16-01-2012