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Here's why there were fireworks in downtown Vancouver last night

People were split on the display.
Fireworks went boom over Burrard Inlet in Vancouver on May 3, 2022

If you saw fireworks near downtown Vancouver last night, don't worry, it wasn't for a holiday you forgot about.

The unexpected light show launched from near the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), which offers a clue as to why there were any fireworks.

A spokesperson for the VCC says the fireworks display was in conjunction with a conference at the centre, but didn't involved the centre in any way. The VCC isn't able to say which conference the fireworks were related to.

On the VCC website only one conference is listed as currently taking place at the facility: the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum is holding a four-day conference and expo which wraps up May 4. It's advertised as "Canada's premier mining trade show" with 450 participating companies.

The explosive display lasted several minutes. Those who caught the unexpected show were divided on social media, with some appreciating the fireworks, while others were annoyed by the noise and light happening around 10:30 p.m. on a Tuesday night.

One common complaint was that fireworks are banned in Vancouver. However, while there is a bylaw banning the use of fireworks by the general public, permits can be obtained and fireworks fired by certified fireworks technicians.


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