Vancouver City Council passed a motion to ban both the sale and use of fireworks, starting in 2021.
Councillors voted Tuesday with 7-3 in favour, with an exemption to large-scale events.
Vancouver Fire Department backed the ban as well, after there were $360,000 in damage due to fireworks, Halloween night.
[Updated: Nov. 6, 2019]
The motion to ban them asked staff to devise a plan as to how it would work. That includes looking at fire permits and creating exemptions for events like New Year’s Eve and Diwali.
As of now, Vancouver prohibits the sale of fireworks around Halloween each year and anyone who breaks that rule faces a $500 fine.
However, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Coquitlam and the City of North Vancouver already ban fireworks.
The idea of prohibiting fireworks in Vancouver has come up before, with people arguing about its effects on the environment, animals and survivors of gun violence.
Vancouver resident, Chris Baisley, created a petition against fireworks previously, receiving more than 2,500 signatures.
“It’s a public safety issue,” said Baisley to Global News. “We’ve had houses burn in the city, we’ve had dogs killed due to fireworks being set off, we’ve had people injured, lose their eyesight.”
The motion is set for discussion at City Council next Tuesday.
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