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Firework restrictions a smoky issue in Vancouver

By Tyler Orton, 24 Hours Vancouver




It doesn’t matter the flash, crack and bang of fireworks are only permitted in Vancouver’s streets on Halloween. Canadians will still set off festive explosives in celebration of other cultural festivities, which is why the pyrotechnic devices should be permitted year-round, according to a fireworks retail chain owner.

Phatboy Fireworks owner Suki Paul said many clients are loading up on the combustibles to use for cultural events outside the Halloween season, such as February’s Lunar New Year.

“We’re a multicultural society, (city council) should accept the fact that people that have made Canada their homeland also honour their home traditions,” Paul said, adding he plans to light them off himself for Diwali on Nov. 13.

“You can’t stop people for their religious beliefs.”

Vancouver city council is awaiting a report on the viability of sanctioning the use and sale of fireworks for more events.

“My hope is that report makes it very clear that what we need is greater supervision to avoid problems,” said Coun. Adriane Carr who supports more days for fireworks, but acknowledged people have had their homes set ablaze because of the devices.

Vancouver police spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham said regardless of whether people are celebrating, officers could still seize fireworks from revellers lighting them off on non-sanctioned days.


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