District of North Vancouver councillor Megan Curren is bringing forward a motion to direct staff to ban the sale and use of fireworks, including smoke generating pyrotechnic devices by March 2021.
In her motion, which will be discussed at the Oct. 19 council meeting, Curren says fireworks and smoke generating pyrotechnic devices have negative impacts for people, animals, and the environment.
“Climate change and the interconnected biodiversity crisis increase the risk of wildfire and all efforts to minimize wildfire risk should be supported. The DNV Fire and Rescue Service has indicated that it does not oppose a ban,” she says.
Safety guidelines published by Natural Resources Canada requires a minimum 30m x 30m (100’ x 100’) clear space be used when setting off fireworks and lots in the DNV are often below that threshold, she says.
“Fireworks set off in urban areas have demonstrable and significant adverse effect on wild animals. Research studies show that the noise from fireworks causes a great amount of fear, stress and anxiety in wild animals,” her motion reads.
The release of poisonous chemicals and airborne particles, and the triggering effect on PTSD survivors, and fireworks related injuries are other reasons she cites for the need for a ban on fireworks in DNV.
Smoke generating pyrotechnic devices have caused massive wildfires in California and Arizona burning tens of thousands of acres, she adds.
Fireworks are currently regulated by DNV through a permit. In November last year, City of Vancouver passed a motion to ban the sale and use of fireworks by 2021.
Curren says other nearby municipalities have banned (or are in the process of banning) fireworks due to a myriad of safety and environmental concerns, wildfire risk, property damage, and unnecessary municipal costs.