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Vancouver ramps up Halloween fireworks enforcement

Vancouver fire department says it will begin inspecting firework retailers for compliance and telling people to get permits before Halloween

People watch as fireworks explode during the Parade of Lost Souls in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

People watch as fireworks explode during the Parade of Lost Souls in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015.

They may go door-to-door in late October, but don’t mistake Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and City of Vancouver bylaw officers for trick-or-treaters.

Well before Halloween revelers make the rounds, VFRS announced Monday that its annual fireworks safety and enforcement campaign is back.

Preventions officers will be inspecting retailers in the coming weeks to make sure they’re adhering to safe handling and storage practices and selling only fireworks that are certified for sale in Canada.

They are also reminding Vancouver residents that in order to use fireworks on Halloween, they need a permit.

Before anyone can buy or use fireworks legally they have to go on the city’s website, complete an educational package and pass a test to get the permit.

A permit and two pieces of ID are required when buying fireworks, and the city says anyone using fireworks on Oct. 31 should keep their permit on them.

Fireworks can only be sold in Vancouver from Oct. 25-31, though other municipalities have other rules in place throughout the region.

In Vancouver, fireworks are only allowed to be used Oct. 31, by a permit holder 19 years or older, on private property or on paths that avoid people, animals, building or vehicles.

Firecrackers, bottle rockets and roman candles are banned.

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