Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service is reminding the community that the use of fireworks and firecrackers is illegal in the city of Abbotsford.
Fireworks have been advertised for sale on the Sumas First Nations Lands and in communities bordering the city, but their use in Abbotsford is against city bylaws and will be strictly enforced, a city news release stated.
“Fireworks are basically small bombs and are not safe for untrained citizens,” said deputy fire chief Mike Helmer.
“Every year, there are serious injuries to youths and children as a result of using fireworks or firecrackers, and all of these injuries can be 100 per cent avoided this year.”
The bylaw – introduced in 2005 – prohibits the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks within the city’s borders, and is enforced by fire services, Abbotsford police and bylaw enforcement officers. Residents caught with fireworks will be subject to fines ranging from $200 to $1,000 and their fireworks will be confiscated.
Fire officials are concerned by the extremely dry conditions in the Fraser Valley as Halloween and Diwali approach, stating that one firecracker or sparkler could easily a massive brush fire and extensive property damage could result.
The city states that fires caused by illegal use of fireworks have been reduced since the bylaw was introduced, but remain a concern.
Only licensed and trained pyrotechnicians can apply for a permit to hold a fireworks shows – and these are only approved under very strict conditions.
For more information visit www.abbotsford.ca/fire or call the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service at 604-853-3566.