With Hallloween around the corner, police are reminding the public that it is illegal to possess, sell or discharge fireworks in Nanaimo.
A city bylaw, in effect since Sept. 2007, has helped reduce calls for emergency service, which primarily involved people who accidentally injured themselves with fireworks or started small fires when fireworks went astray and ignited bushes or trees.
“We have seen a reduction in calls for service, but people will always find a way to get them,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.
The penalty for possessing fireworks is a $200 fine and seizure of the fireworks.
O’Brien said extra members will patrol Nanaimo’s streets on Halloween to help prevent accidents and minimize vandalism.
Permits, issued by Nanaimo Fire Rescue, can be obtained to lawfully set off fireworks, but applicants must also show proof they possess $2 million dollars in liability insurance and have a fireworks supervisor’s certificate.
To learn more about the necessary requirements, please the City of Nanaimo website at www.nanaimo.ca and view the bylaw in its entirety.