Illegal fireworks still a problem in Abbotsford

Officials confiscate about 50 pounds of fireworks on Halloween.

Abbotsford Fire Chief Don Beer displays some of the illegal fireworks seized on Halloween.

On Halloween night, Abbotsford Fire Rescue and city bylaws officials confiscated approximately 50 pounds of fireworks.

Members of these agencies joined Abbotsford Police on patrol on Oct. 31 to target fireworks infractions.

The possession of fireworks without a permit is against city bylaws.

“With Halloween over, fire rescue, bylaws and police are preparing for further enforcement over illegal fireworks use, and caution Abbotsford residents as they make plans to celebrate Diwali,” said Deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer in a press release.

No serious injuries or damaged structures were reported as a result of fireworks discharge, but officials responded to the report of a 15-year-old girl who was reportedly targeted by unknown youths using fireworks. The girl’s clothes were burned after fireworks were lit near her. She was not injured, and the incident was investigated by police.

“Residents and especially parents of younger children and teens need to be aware of the risks associated with fireworks use,” said the release. “Fireworks are essentially small explosive devices that can produce devastating injuries that often result in permanent damage and disfigurement or even death.”

The unauthorized use of fireworks in Abbotsford includes possession, sale or discharge, and is strictly prohibited. The bylaw allows for a fine of $200 for unlawful possession or discharge, and $500 for selling or failing to surrender.

The Fireworks Control Bylaw restricts possession and use of fireworks to people holding a valid fireworks operator’s certificate, issued by Natural Resources Canada, and requires a permit to discharge fireworks.

Just Posted

Fraser Health to buy two private MRI clinics in Surrey, Abbotsford

New clinics will provide 2,000 more MRIs by fiscal year-end

Abbotsford’s Batra disqualified after late attack

Austin Batra loses title after knocking opponent out in 32 seconds

Nominees announced for annual Arty Awards

Event takes place Sept. 29 at The Reach in Abbotsford

Family, friends of Mission murder victim hold protest rally

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

Abbotsford Olympians back in the pool

Local swim club ready for new season

VIDEO & SLIDESHOW: Snowbird RV Show

Highlights from the Abbotsford event

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye salmon

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Most Read