For many, they’re a traditional part of the Halloween season, but this year fireworks will now be a memory for people living in Burnaby.
The city currently allows the sale of consumer fireworks for a week before the October holiday — but tonight Council has decided on a year-round ban.
But Amanda Cameron with the Canadian National Fireworks association says the move will just push sales underground.
“You have rogue vendors selling on street corners, out of vehicles, who knows what – out of homes. And also online. Right now you can go on craigslist or Kijiji and find a lot of fire works for sale, and most of them are illegal products.”
Burnaby has been looking at the ban because of complaints over aggressive signage and problems collecting penalties.
“Coming in from the US, or Asia or other countries, where you can find products that are federally illegal such as firecrackers, M80s, bottle rockets, that are very very dangerous.”
Other cities like Vancouver allow the temporary sale of fireworks, but require sellers and buyers to have a license, which includes answering safety questions.