A large firework display lit up the waters of Burrard Inlet late Saturday night, surprising a number of beach goers and residents on both sides of the water.
The private display launched from a barge just off Dundarave Beach in West Vancouver began at 10:50 p.m. It lasted for approximately 10 minutes, with intense and frequent explosions heard as far away as the University of British Columbia campus in the Vancouver Westside.
Tonight’s northerly winds likely played a small factor in sound propagation amplification.
Private fireworks displays are not announced to the public. These displays come as a ‘surprise’ due to the logistical issues, crowds, safety issues and policing costs a public announcement would bring.
Such displays always require a special permit from the municipal government, and this has been the case for all major, high-aerial surprise fireworks displays in recent years.
- UPDATE: The fireworks were for a West Vancouver wedding located at a mansion on the water.
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