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Oct 23, 2017 Return to Headlines

Fireworks: Do You Know the Rules?

by Robbin Whachell |

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 23, 2017 – With Halloween quickly approaching, Coquitlam is reminding residents considering fireworks to read the City’s Fireworks Permit Guidelines and to apply for a fireworks permit. 

To obtain a fireworks permit in Coquitlam you will need to verify that you have:

  • a person responsible for the fireworks, who is at least 19 years old;
  • plans to keep spectators at a safe distance from the location where the fireworks are being set off;
  • protection of public and private property; and
  • proper fire extinguishing equipment available.

Fireworks (Pyrotechnics) Permit Applications are available online at www.coquitlam.ca/fireworks and must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to your planned fireworks event. Permit fees range from $50 - $100 depending on the nature and degree of hazard of the fireworks.

Residents are also reminded that it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam and there is a fine of $250 to $1,000 for any infractions.

Did you know:

  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5–14.
  • More than 80% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  • After a fireworks display, do not let children pick up leftover fireworks as they may still be active.
  • The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200° which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns.  BE CAREFUL!

For more information visit www.coquitlam.ca/fireworks or contact Coquitlam Fire/Rescue at 604-927-6433 or firerescue@coquitlam.ca.

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Media contact:
Denise Ziebart
Fire Inspector
City of Coquitlam
604-927-6432

 

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