Waterloo city councillor shot at by fireworks while leaving Canada Day drone show

Signs went up in Kitchener's Victoria Park last week to remind people fireworks are not permitted in the park. This was after fireworks were shot at people during the Victoria Day long weekend in the park. (Kate Bueckert/CBC - image credit)
Signs went up in Kitchener's Victoria Park last week to remind people fireworks are not permitted in the park. This was after fireworks were shot at people during the Victoria Day long weekend in the park. (Kate Bueckert/CBC - image credit)

Waterloo Coun. Julie Wright says she had a firework shot at her intentionally on Monday night.

Wright says she was returning home from the Canada Day drone show in Waterloo Park when she says she was shot in the face with a firework "intentionally."

"I am a little singed, but not significantly injured. I was shot at multiple times and hit once," Wright wrote on the social media website X.

"This firework insanity has to stop."

Waterloo regional police responded to Wright on X and said the service takes "all such assaults very seriously."

Police are also investigating after people set off fireworks in Kitchener's Victoria Park Monday night, despite a fireworks display at city hall and signs reminding people not to use fireworks in the park.

Police said officers were called for "multiple reports of fireworks being shot towards parkgoers."

The city announced just after 10 p.m. that the park was closed for the evening.

"We understand that this closure may be inconvenient for some residents, but the safety of our community is our top priority," the city said.

The city also faced problems during the Victoria Day long weekend when fireworks were shot at people and buildings in Victoria Park.