Team Canada has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Celebration of Light.
Earlier, Canada dazzled a home crowd of over 400,000 people watching at English Bay.
Several people marveled at the display.
“It’s good it’s once a year and we come out, and we got perfect weather for it.”
“The fireworks get the kids excited and get them out of the house, so that’s always great.”
“It’s an activity that we can do and it doesn’t cost anything which is nice.”
Brazil came in second this year, and China took third place.
While the pyrotechnics dazzled the crowd, Vancouver Police Constable Brian Montague says the family friendly environment posed little to no risks.
Montague says as many as 500,000 descended onto the local beaches altogether to take in the show, which is why he adds there was a significant police presence.
“For the most part we had a great crowd again, three nights in a row we’ve had some really great crowds. A few minor problems we had to deal with, and that’s expected with such large crowds. We had about the same deployment. It’s a fairly large deployment of hundreds of officers; the fireworks are generally our largest deployments throughout the year. The point of having that police presence is deterrence, and making sure people feel safe here.”
Montague says despite the tame crowds and the family-friendly environment it has evolved towards, there’s no immediate plans to decrease the number of officers.
“The system we have in place right now is working, so changing it may not be such a great idea. You look back ten, fifteen years, we had lots of problems at the fireworks. We had lots of fights, stabbings, and assaults. We’ve gone away from that, we’ve changed how we plan, prepare, and deploy our officers, it seems to have worked really well. We don’t have those problems anymore.
Montague says he’s worked closely with the fireworks over the last four years and in that span has only seen minor incidents.