Surrey bylaw officers seize $80,000 worth of illegal fireworks

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Despite the sale and use of fireworks being banned for the last three years, Vancouver police and firefighters still responded to several fireworks-related incidents Halloween night. Angela Jung reports – Nov 1, 2023

Bylaw officers in Surrey, B.C. say they’ve sized another $80,000 worth of illicit fireworks.

City officials believe the haul came from the same owner as $100,000 worth of pyrotechnics they seized the week before Halloween.

According to the city, bylaw officers posing as customers made an appointment to buy the fireworks at a property that appeared to be an abandoned house.

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When they arrived, the officers spotted a “large accumulation” of fireworks from the doorsteps, then told the sellers they were under investigation for illegally dealing the product.

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Bylaw officers seized the fireworks and issued two tickets.

Surrey outlawed consumer fireworks in 2005, and breaking the city’s bylaw can result in a $5,000 fine.

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