The following letter was sent to the Editor of the Tri-City News:
Official Canada Day and festival fireworks are set off in safe environments by professionals abiding by civic bylaws.
Halloween fireworks, on the other hand, are illegally exploded in suburbia by imbeciles well into the night and early morning, traumatizing animals while disturbing the peace for humans.
Halloween fireworks are an oddity peculiar to some parts of British Columbia. Perhaps there are deep psychological motives for children of all ages to revel in toxic smoke and harmful noise levels but there are certainly no social or cultural norms connecting Halloween with the lighting of fireworks.
Those who set off fireworks in contravention of city bylaws should be charged and convicted of noise and pollution violations for their “fun” and be made to clean up their toxic wreckage left strewn on streets.
To professional fireworks organizers, a hearty salute. To those lighting Halloween fireworks, you will never be grownups in my mind.
Jon LeBlanc, Port Moody