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Plan for a safe Halloween

A permit is required to possess and light off fireworks in Delta and Surrey. -
A permit is required to possess and light off fireworks in Delta and Surrey.
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City officials are reminding residents there are requirements for obtaining fireworks this season.

In 2005, Surrey implemented what is tantamount to a ban on possession, sale, or setting off of fireworks. Anyone looking to use them requires a federal supervisor's permit (and it takes an estimated three years to acquire the permit). Since that bylaw was introduced, the number of nuisance Halloween night calls to Surrey's fire department has dropped dramatically.

In Delta, no one can possess or use fireworks unless they obtain a fireworks permit, which can be obtained from Delta Municipal Hall for a cost of $200 at least 10 days prior to the event.

The fine in Delta for illegal possession or use of fireworks is $100 and the penalty for illegal sale is $1,000.

Those who violate the conditions in Surrey can receive a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Delta Police are also reminding the public to follow some basic safety tips on Halloween night including:

• Plan your route ahead of time.

• Trick-or-treat in familiar neighbourhoods.

• Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries.

• Stay on the sidewalks and off of the streets. Cross only at intersections and

designated crosswalks.

• Walk, don't run.

• Follow traffic signals and don't jaywalk.

• Apply reflective tape to your Halloween costumes.

Delta Police anticipate that they will busy throughout the weekend with more calls for service, but ask everyone to ensure they celebrate in a safe and responsible manner, and to take an extra second while driving to watch out for the trick-or-treaters on Monday night.

kdiakiw@surreyleader.com

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