In the run up to Halloween and Diwali, the
Abbotsford fire department reminds residents that while fireworks may be advertised for sale in neighbouring communities and on the Sumas First Nation lands, they are prohibited in Abbotsford.
The use of fireworks and firecrackers is dangerous and illegal, and city bylaws preventing their use will be strictly enforced, said the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service.
Only licensed and trained pyrotechnicians can apply for a permit to hold fireworks shows and these will only be approved under very strict conditions.
"Fireworks are basically small bombs and are not safe for untrained citizens," said deputy Fire Chief Mike Helmer in a press release.
"Last year, at least one A bbotsford youth was seriously injured when the device he was holding exploded in his hand."
The Abbotsford fireworks bylaw - introduced in 2005 to reduce injuries and fires - bans the sale, possession and discharge of fireworks within the city's borders.
It can be enforced by police, firefighters or bylaw officers. Residents caught with fireworks are subject to fines from $200 to $1,000.
The fall's dry conditions are cause for additional concern for fire officials.
Some fireworks burn at temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celcius and continue to burn even when doused with water.
A single firecracker or sparkler could easily start a massive brush fire and extensive property damage could result, said Helmer.
? For more information about fireworks and the Abbotsford Fireworks Bylaw, see www.abbotsford.ca/fire or call the Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service at 604-8533566.