There are two sounds heard downtown on occasion that remind me of suburbia-living: lawnmowers and firecrackers. Around this time of year it sounds just like you’re living in the ‘burbs with all the explosive warzone-like symphony of firecrackers and fireworks outside your window every night until Halloween (and these ain’t comin’ from a barge off English Bay).
I swear sometimes when I look over at John there’s a part of him that thinks it’s something more than a holiday flare that just combusted outside the window.
When I was little, after Trick or Treating we’d always head across the street to my friend Anne’s house and bundle up on her front steps. Her dad would proceed to light one of the twenty fireworks that came in a variety pack and soon we’d be “Ooohing” and “Aaaahing” with every colourful mini-explosion. The roman candles were pretty cool and sparklers are a crowd favourite however, there was always one pyrotechnical wonder shaped like a schoolhouse that would never light properly and leave us feeling a little ripped off.
With a hefty $5,000 fine it could be rather expensive to have a similar experience in Surrey this year.
Fireworks in Surrey are outlawed for all except those who have federal certification. With Halloween coming this week, Surrey’s fire department is reminding residents that a bylaw passed this year makes it illegal to let off or sell fireworks in this city.
Do bottle rockets count as fireworks/crackers? Geez I hope so, and I bet my mom’s cat hopes so too. I bet it will be a nice break for Surrey residents anyway… downtown now, eh.