Vancouver expects an explosive Halloween despite fireworks bans

It’s Vancouver’s first Halloween with a fireworks ban in place, but the city still expects it to get underway.

The City of Vancouver has banned “the sale and use of fireworks by the public” since just after Halloween in 2020.

And on Saturday, October 30, there was plenty of pyrotechnics all over the city despite the ban.

“I’m not sure what happened over the weekend, I know they were busy,” Brian Bertuzzi, assistant director of Vancouver Fire Services (VFS,) told the Daily Hive.

“We expect a ton of fireworks tonight,” he said. “It is against the law now and we will try to enforce it whenever we can.”

On Sunday, October 31, VFS told that there would be firefighters patrolling the city in the evening.

“If we see people lighting fireworks, we call our fire prevention officers to the police and they can issue statute violation tickets,” Bertuzzi said.

In Vancouver, people who possess or fire fireworks can risk fines of up to $ 1,000 per year. offense.

VFS does not yet have data on how many pyrotechnic-related calls there have been so far, and they are expecting more and more. “It’s going to be interesting tonight,” Bertuzzi said.

Daily Hive reached out to Vancouver Police for more information on enforcement and will update this story.

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