Use of unregulated fireworks rampant

The response from the RCMP to fireworks complaints was that “there was nothing they could do.”

Though Surrey has bylaws restricting the use of fireworks year round

I read the letter to the editor from Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet (The Leader, Oct. 24) with much interest, especially the paragraph concerning the restrictions for fireworks in the City of Surrey.

While I understand the use of fireworks has been restricted since 2005, I still find that the displays of unregulated fireworks and firecrackers run rampant in our Newton neighbourhood for at least a week before Halloween and for a week or so afterwards – taking into account whether Diwali occurs around the same time.

Both the night of Halloween and the night of Diwali are the worst.

Last Halloween evening, I telephoned the RCMP on several occasions to complain about the use of fireworks – which began at 4 p.m. and continued well into the wee hours of the morning. The response from the RCMP was that “there was nothing they could do.” I do hope their response will be different this year.

As a member of Partners in Parks, I pick up the litter in our local park and for a week after Halloween, I can easily fill up several garbage bags with firework sticks left in the ground. Perhaps the RCMP could patrol our parks on Halloween/Diwali nights ?

 

Liz King, Surrey

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