News Release

May 11, 2020

Residents encouraged to experience (virtual) fireworks this Victoria Day long weekend
Be a part of an Ontario-wide, staged augmented reality fireworks display while keeping your family safe

Due to COVID-19, the Town of Ajax is not currently processing fireworks permits & permits for the sale of fireworks – so we are partnering with SNAPD to bring the show to you!

Fireworks are dangerous and contribute to burn injuries and other fire-related incidents. During these unprecedented times, Ajax Fire and Emergency Services (AFES) are asking residents for their help to prevent avoidable personal injuries and fire-related incidents by not discharging fireworks or attending informal neighbourhood displays.

Instead, visit the Victoria Day Virtual Fireworks event page at and join your neighbours across the province on May 18 at 8 p.m. to enjoy a spectacular augmented fireworks display from the comfort of your own home. Help SNAPD to set a World Record for the largest simultaneous augmented reality experience ever!


“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to get creative about how traditional events like long weekend fireworks are delivered. We are excited to be working with SNAPD for the Victoria Day virtual fireworks – blending a beloved tradition with modern technology to come together as a community, even when we are apart.” – Poonam Swift, Community Recreation & Culture Coordinator, Town of Ajax

“Every year, we see burn injuries and property damage as a result of the misuse of fireworks. Even hand held sparklers are dangerous. They can reach temperatures hot enough to bake a cake. We have to remember that although they are available to be purchased, it doesn’t mean they are safe”. - Shelley Langer, Fire Prevention Inspector, Town of Ajax   


  • The Town of Ajax has suspended processing fireworks permits & permits for the sale of fireworks as a result of COVID-19. 
  • Residents are required to follow the 2 metre physical distancing guidelines from the Province of Ontario.
  • Hand held sparklers burn extremely hot - as hot as 1200 °F (648.9 ° C) - and can ignite clothing, cause blindness and result in severe burns.


  • Download the SNAPD Hub app to participate in the Victoria Day virtual fireworks display. The app is available for download in Android and Apple App Stores. Create a free account and enjoy the show!
  • For more fire safety information, visit  
  • Town of Ajax fireworks by-law


Media contact: Rachael Matheson, Corporate Communications, 905-621-2278