Vancouver’s Halloween fireworks cause uproar online

Nov 1 2019, 10:50 am

On Halloween night, hundreds of people took to the streets to fill Vancouver’s sky with fireworks. There were, however, just as many who were waiting for them to be over, but the division between those who enjoy fireworks and those who despise them is nothing new.

On one hand, Vancouver is one of the few cities in the region that allow the sale and use of consumer fireworks. North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Richmond, and Surrey are just a few of the cities that have banned fireworks, although they still get their fair share of them.

On the other hand, fireworks can cause stress and anxiety to the elderly, those with PTSD, and massive panic amongst pets (and subsequently their owners).

On Thursday evening, Daily Hive took to Twitter to ask where Vancouverites stood on the tradition of setting off fireworks and firecrackers on Halloween.

Many Twitter users were more than happy to speak up about the matter:

Vancouver City Council to vote on banning the retail sale of fireworks

The topic of recreational fireworks has also made its way to City Hall. This November, the council will be voting on a motion that would, if passed, ban the retail sale of fireworks.

Councillor Pete Fry, who introduced the motion in October, argues that the Vancouver Police Department faces an increased number of calls for fireworks-related issues in the city, even prior to Halloween.

He also says that the average damages and cost from consumer fireworks is $379,000 over the past 12 years.

As it stands, Vancouver only allows for the sale of fireworks between October 25 and 31 of each year.

If the motion were to be passed, the ban would take effect by 2021. The ban, however, would not affect large-scale events staged by professionals for public events such as New Year’s Eve, Canada Day, the Celebration of Light, and cultural and religious occasions like Diwali.

-with files from Kenneth Chan