Halloween is here but residents are urged to keep away from fireworks.
“It is illegal in the City of Vernon to possess, sell or discharge fireworks without a permit and you could be fined from $500 to $1000 if caught doing so,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief.
“Check for the times when local fire departments will be putting on their annual displays and enjoy the spectacular shows they put together without risking any injury or damage to property.”
The city’s fireworks Bylaw 5264 can be found at www.vernon.ca/images/uploads/council/bylaws/Fireworks_Bylaw_5264.pdf
According to the B.C.’s Children’s Hospital, two-thirds of all fireworks injuries to children in Canada happen in B.C. — and of those, almost 90 per cent occur around Halloween.
“Each year in Vernon, illegal fireworks keep our emergency services busy and distracted from their primary responsibility of keeping the city safe,” said Skolrood.