Fireworks ban reiterated
With Halloween fast approaching, both Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge fire officials are reminding the community that the sale, possession, and use of fireworks is prohibited.
In addition to the ban on sale of fireworks in most of the Lower Mainland, Pitt Meadows assistant chief Brad Perrie reminds residents it’s also illegal to have or use firecrackers.
Fireworks and firecrackers will be confiscated and offenders, including minors will face fines.
"The City of Pitt Meadows Fire & Rescue would like to
remind the community that the sale, possession and use of fireworks is not permitted in the City of Pitt
Meadows at any time and that bylaws will be strictly enforced," Perrie said.
He went on to elaborate that the sale and use of fireworks is banned not only in Pitt Meadows, but also in most other Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley municipalities, and many more across British Columbia and Canada.
"And remember, firecrackers of all types are illegal in Canada. Possession at any time is an offence."
“One firecracker could easily cause a massive fire and extensive property damage and serious injury can result. Just this past August, a neighbouring community
experienced a serious residential fire that caused extensive damage to two homes, determined to be
caused by illegal fireworks use," he said.
"This is 100 per cent avoidable.”
Only a licenced and trained pyrotechnician can apply for a permit to hold a fireworks show and it may only be held on private property, Perrie explained.
"Most residential homes in the City of Pitt Meadows do not have sufficient space between structures to meet the conditions required for a permit to be issued and
fireworks may not be used on any public property – this includes roadways, parks, sports fields, school
property, trails or any other public area."
The following conditions must be satisfied before a permit will be issued:
• At least one operator must possess a valid Fireworks Supervisor’s Certificate issued by Natural Resources Canada Explosives Regulatory Division;
• A valid General Comprehensive Liability Insurance policy in the amount of not less than $5 million;
• A detailed site plan showing 60m of clearance from the nearest permanent building, public highway or railway or other means of travel and 15m from the nearest above ground telephone line, tree or obstruction, and an audience viewing area at least 45m away from the point of discharge;
• Written permission from the property owner providing consent for the fireworks display; and
• A list of safety measures in place for the event.
Further requirements are detailed in Pitt Meadows fireworks bylaw (No. 2246) and a copy can be found at
• Stay tuned for more on fireworks in future print and online editions of The TIMES
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