What were those random Coal Harbour fireworks? It’s a question many take to social media to ask and they often get the same answer from the Vancouver Convention Centre, and me if they haven’t yet posted anything.
@Miss604 sorry for the delay. Yes the fireworks were put on in conjunction with a convention being held. Thanks.
— Vancouver Convention (@VanConventions) May 14, 2014
The random fireworks — random meaning they were not advertised and they’re not part of the Honda Celebration of Light — are usually attached to a convention, conference, or major private event at the convention centre. However, The Province reports that there are other ways to get a private, unpublicized fireworks show to happen:
…”If you happen to have the cash, say $25,000 to $50,000, BC Event Management can set up a pretty impressive fireworks display just for you — and whoever else happens to be in the neighbourhood, specifically Coal Harbour. The Vancouver-based company specializes in big events like opening ceremonies, gala banquets and openings — but it also serves as the agent for GFA Pyro, which was formerly Fiatlux.”
These fireworks surprise locals, can be heard quiet clearly across the city, and playfully disrupt late nights with bursts of colour and curiosity. So the next time you see the reflections on glass buildings and hear the distinctive, repetitive booms, know that it’s a mining conference, union convention, or simply someone’s (big) birthday bash.