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People buying up fireworks to fill gap of cancelled Canada Day celebrations in Saskatoon, Regina

Global News logo Global News 4 days ago Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi
a store shelf filled with books: Pelican Market in Saskatoon says it's seen more demand for fireworks this year compared to past Canada Days. © Gabriela Panza-Beltrandi/Global News Pelican Market in Saskatoon says it's seen more demand for fireworks this year compared to past Canada Days.

Many celebrations have had to adjust to the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest cancellation: Canada Day.

Read more: What you can and can’t do in Saskatoon on Canada Day

In Saskatoon, the usual celebrations at Diefenbaker Park are going virtual. People can tune in after 10 a.m. to the online celebration featuring Brett Kissel, Tucker Lane's Leslie Stanwyck, and a number of Saskatchewan artists. It can be watched here.

Meanwhile, in Regina, Wascana Lake celebrations were cancelled in May.

With no public events, people are taking entertainment into their own hands, and some stores that sell fireworks say business is booming.

“Lots of my expensive boxes, about $200, already have sold out,” said a delighted Youwu Chen, manager of Pelican Market in Saskatoon.

Read more: Coronavirus: Scott Moe says reopen dates coming for nearly all businesses in Saskatchewan

His business is usually busy selling fireworks this time of year, but he said he's noticed more people than ever stocking up. He said it’s likely Pelican Market will sell out Canada Day.

Other stores Global News spoke to also said they were much busier than this time last year.

Saskatoon’s fire department said fireworks are permitted on Canada Day, but there are restrictions.

People setting off fireworks must be over 18. They're allowed to shoot off fireworks between dusk and 11 p.m. but cannot shoot them into or on public property, such as at city hall or in city parks.

The fire department said people must soak fireworks in water until they're soaked through, about 15 minutes, before throwing them out.

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