No fireworks over bylaw in Alberni

The City of Port Alberni is mulling a bylaw that makes it not illegal to sell fireworks but it’s illegal to possess them.

The City of Port Alberni is one step closer to dousing illegal fireworks.

City councillors gave three readings to its new fireworks bylaw at their Sept. 10 meeting.

The new bylaw makes it illegal to possess, use or store consumer or pyrotechnic fireworks. The bylaw makes it illegal for individuals to sell fireworks, but not businesses.

Consumer fireworks include fireworks showers, fountains, golden rain, pin wheels and roman candles. It doesn’t include Christmas crackers, sparklers or toy gun caps.

“In an urban setting there is no safe way to use consumer fireworks without the potential for damaging improvements on neighbouring properties,” fire Chief Tim Pley’s report to council noted.

The bylaw is consistent with that employed in other municipalities, Pley added.

The new bylaw allows for groups wanting to use pyrotechnic fireworks to apply to city council for an exemption.

It’s not illegal to sell fireworks but it’s illegal to possess them. “It looks cool but it doesn’t make sense,” Coun. Jack McLeman said.

The bylaw is all and good but how will it be enforced, Coun. Cindy Solda asked. Pley said that the city’s bylaw enforcement officer doesn’t work at night so enforcement would be deferred to the RCMP.

Councillors Rob Cole and Dan Washington asked  about how liable the city would be.

“Would people sue — probably. Liability — probably not,” city manager Ken Watson said. “One never knows until the judge speaks.”

Speaking in favour of the bylaw, Mayor John Douglas recounted his time as a paramedic, saying that the most traumatic event he was involved with was the death of a 12-year-old in a fireworks incident.“If this prevents that and liability then it’s a good thing,” he said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Twitter.com/AlberniNews

 

 

Just Posted

Port Alberni to consider the future of McLean Mill

City council will be holding a committee of the whole meeting on Jan. 21

Intern gives Port Alberni’s museum artifacts an update

St. John’s man travelled more than 7,000 kms to assist with curatorial duties

BCHL: Bulldogs best Salmon Arm at home

Bulldogs face Powell River in Sunday matinee Jan. 20; puck drop is 2 p.m.

Port Alberni’s Kari Trott set to shine at Canada Winter Games

Trott is one of two Special Olympics BC figure skaters invited to the national event

BCHL: Bulldogs’ Hawthorne commits to NCAA Wildcats

20-year-old goaltender earns scholarship to play Div. 1 hockey next year

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Support pours in for Vancouver Island couple whose home was destroyed by massive blaze

GoFundMe page reached $10,000 in one day for soon-to-be parents

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found in Cowichan Valley

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

Most Read