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Surrey Bylaws working to keep Halloween safe with record seizure of illegal fireworks

Illegal fireworks seized by City of Surrey Bylaw Enforcement officers

October 28, 2016

For immediate release: October 28, 2016

Surrey, BC – Over a 48 hour period this week, City of Surrey Bylaw Enforcement officers have seized a record $100,000 of illegal fireworks and firecrackers. In an effort to reduce injuries related to the use of fireworks and firecrackers, as well as alleviate the noise complaints associated to such use, this year’s operation targeted businesses, mobile vendors and those selling out of their private residences in Surrey.

The illegal sale of fireworks is being conducted through online advertising, social media and storefronts which sell the illegal fireworks under the counter. The penalties range from fines of up to $1000 to a suspension or loss of their business license for businesses found selling illegal fireworks. When appropriate, a Violation Ticket under the Explosives Act will be issued by Surrey RCMP.

Fireworks in the City of Surrey are not permitted to be discharged. The only exception is with a Fire Department permit and Federal fireworks supervisor certificate. Since the City implemented the Fireworks Bylaw in 2005 there has been a marked decrease in injuries and fires caused by fireworks.

Bylaw Enforcement officers will continue to target illegal fireworks vendors throughout this Halloween period.

Here are a few tips for a safe and fun Halloween:

  • Make sure trick-or-treaters do not criss-cross roads and only cross at marked intersections.
  • Carry a flashlight or glow-stick to make yourself and children more visible.
  • Costumes should be made with reflective material and be made of flame-resistant material.
  • Use LED lights instead of candles in your jack-o-lanterns.
  • Decorations should be kept away from heat sources.
  • Don’t overload electrical cords, outlets, and power bars.
  • “Fake” swords, knives and guns part of your costume? Make sure they look fake, but remember some people still may not be able to tell the difference.
  • Talk to your children about being ‘street smart’ before they go out on their own, or better yet, have an adult or older sibling accompany them.
  • Bring your treats home and inspect them before eating them. Many children suffer from allergies and all spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items should be thrown out.
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Program information:
Jas Rehal
Manager Bylaws and Licensing
City of Surrey
604.591.4013
jrehal@surrey.ca

Media inquiries:
Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey
604.591.4519
owlum@surrey.ca