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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Setting Off Fireworks In City Illegal, Dangerous Says Fire Department

For some, a sparkling fireworks display isn't a spectacle reserved just for the first of July. However, the fire department is reminding people the sale, display and setting off of fireworks in the city is not only illegal, but downright dangerous.

Division Chief Mark Wilson tells CHSJ News fireworks are very hot and when they're set off, they may not fully ignite. Meaning, a dangerous piece of material would be on the ground which could lead to someone becoming badly hurt. He says they can be especially dangerous if they land on someone's roof as they have the potential to set a house ablaze.

Wilson says if you're not qualified to set off fireworks, you need a permit, signed by the Fire Chief himself, to have your own spectacle.

Motorcyclist Injured In Collision

A motorcycle driver is suffering from serious injuries after a crash. It happened at 9pm yesterday at the intersection of 137 A and Route 111, in front of the fire station.

Rothesay Regional Police say from their preliminary investigations, they believe a car tried to make a U-turn and the motorcycle collided with the vehicle. The motorcyclist was brought to hospital. 

Police say they had to bring in an vehicular accident reconstruction expert, and charges are most likely pending under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Fatal Moncton Shooting Involving Police Under Investigation

A man is dead following a confrontation with police early Saturday morning.

It began just before 6am, when Codiac Regional RCMP responded to a complaint of an armed person trying to break into a vehicle near the Moncton Coliseum. But by the time they arrived on the scene, the suspect was gone. 

An hour later, as they were trying to track down the man, shots were fired in the Whitney Avenue-Jordan Avenue area of the city. Later, a man in his thirties was pronounced dead. 

The incident is being investigated by the Fredericton Police.

Slow First Half For New Home Starts

New home construction in the greater Saint John area remains sluggish this year - figures from Canada Mortgage and Housing show 78-new units breaking ground in the first half of this year - about 40 less than the same period last year.

C-M-H-C says new home starts in Moncton have also slowed this year while Fredericton is running slightly ahead of last year's numbers fueled by a surge in multi-residential construction.