SURREY â€” Just days before Halloween, the City of Surrey seized roughly $13,000 in illegal fireworks and firecrackers, and issued more than $6,000 in fines.
During the spooky season, first responders see a spike in the number of fireworks-related injuries and structure fires. In 2004, there were 40 related fires, but since then the fireworks bylaw has brought that down to an average of three a year, the city says.
Selling fireworks is prohibited in Surrey, but the city says some vendors have resorted to â€œtravellingâ€ sales, using social media to connect with clients. Bylaw officers pose as clients online, and issue a fine when they connect with the seller, issuing fines of up to $750. When appropriate, the Surrey RCMP can also issue a ticket under the Explosives Act.
Fireworks in the city can only be discharged with a fire department permit and a federal fireworks supervisor certificate.