Halloween may be almost a week away, but this coming weekend should see plenty of spooky action.
And that has local police reminding people to stay safe, especially around fireworks.
Port Moody police are reminding the public of the city bylaws if they do plan to have a fireworks display or buy some for kids.
According to police, bylaws prohibit the possession and use of fireworks without written approval from the fire chief.
It is illegal to directly or indirectly sell, give or furnish to a person under the age of 18 any fireworks or firecrackers.
It is also illegal for any person under 18 to possess fireworks for any reason.
"When we do encounter youths and adults sometimes - but usually it's folks under
20 who are big into fireworks - the city bylaws allow for a peace officer [to] seize firecrackers or fireworks being held in violation of this bylaw and dispose of them without compensation," said Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke van Winkel The department noted it's important to get a licence from the fire chief. It's a $500 fine for the illegal discharge of fireworks on a street or public place.
It's a similar situation for Halloween revellers in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.
According to Coquitlam Mounties, firecrackers cannot be used in public in either city.
Fireworks are allowed on private property with a permit from the municipality's fire chief.
But settings off fireworks without a permit could set you back $500 in Port Coquitlam and another $250 in Coquitlam.
Police also note that each year during Halloween, an influx of children and adults end up in emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries.
And on the big day this Thursday, Coquitlam RCMP, auxiliary police, volunteers, bike patrols from the community police station and bylaw officers will be out to make sure residents are staying safe.
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