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Ban Halloween fireworks, resident urges council
An 88-year-old Richmond resident urged city council this week to put an end to a night of "noise pollution" before it returns in three months.
Norman Wrigglesworth said Monday it's time the city scraps its Halloween fireworks displays, held each year on Oct. 31. Fireworks, he said, interrupt sleep and terrify animals. He also said children experimenting with pyrotechnics leads to injuries and vandalism.
"It's a bunch of rubbish," said the 59-year resident, who is no stranger to council. "The hospitals, and the police and the fire departments are usually busy enough without all this extra baloney of Halloween."
Each Halloween the city hosts a number of fireworks shows at public parks, but backyard displays aren't permitted. Under the city's Fireworks Regulation Bylaw, fireworks and firecrackers are illegal to possess, buy or sell in Richmond. Fines range from $250 to $1,000.