Vancouver Police are warning the public about the issue of safety on Halloween night.
There will be extra officers patrolling the downtown core, but the Vancouver Police Department will be paying a lot of attention to schools and parks for the use of firecrackers.
Constable Brian Montague is reminding the public of the rules in the city.
“For Vancouver, you need a permit to purchase them. You need to have a permit to light them, they can only be lit on private property, and they can only be lit on Halloween”.
Montague says it’s not always black and white.
“Clearly, individuals don’t always obey city boundaries, so there’s nothing to say that someone can’t purchase fireworks in a city like Vancouver and then bring them into a city or municipality that doesn’t have lawful sales”.
While Vancouver allows the use of fireworks, Amanda Cameron from the National Fireworks Association says some cities are banned from use and sale.
“Those cities would be Richmond, Abbotsford, Surrey and Langley.”
Cameron says to always use protective eye wear when lighting firecrackers.
Firefighters also coming prepared
Vancouver firefighters are gearing up for a busy weekend in the wake of an overnight house fire believed to have been caused by fireworks.
Vancouver Fire Rescue captain Jonathan Gormick says people often forget how quickly things can go wrong when the products are mishandled.
“The potential is definitely there, and I think we saw that last night with that fire, the danger is significant. Fireworks burn a lot hotter than ordinary combustibles so it doesn’t take much from something a small as a sparkler to start something on fire.”
Gormick says firework-related calls have decreased since new license rules were put in place.
But he says they’re bringing in extra resources – particularly with Halloween falling on a weekend.