October 22nd, 2014
“Fireworks, including firecrackers, are essential to a Diwali celebration”, says Imtiaz Popat, who is running for Vancouver Park Board with the Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE).
Diwali is the Indian festival of lights to welcome the new year. This year it falls on Thursday, October 23rd. However, Vancouver City by-laws state that fireworks are only allowed from October 25th to October 31st leading up to Halloween.
“Diwali dates change from year to year. Vision should have planned for this year's celebration,” says Popat. Fireworks permits can be applied for in designated spaces under the City bylaws. “Vancouver Parks and Recreation can also organize permitted fireworks events in Vancouver Parks on Diwali,” says Popat.