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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 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 or contact Coquitlam Fire/Rescue at 604-927-6433 or


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City of Coquitlam


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