Fireworks Safety

Fireworks Permits

As part of the Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw Number 3712, 2005 (PDF) , it is illegal to buy or sell fireworks in Coquitlam. Setting off fireworks is also prohibited unless the user has a permit from the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue Department. Fireworks are generally used in large public displays by trained individuals. Low hazard fireworks are for consumers and designed for recreational use, and high hazard fireworks are for professionals and are used in large (usually public) displays.

Before you complete your Coquitlam Fireworks Permit Application (PDF), please read the Fireworks Permit Guidelines (PDF).

Pyrotechnic Special Effects Permits

Pyrotechnic Special Effects are high-hazard pyrotechnics articles designed for use by professionals. This class also includes special purpose pyrotechnics manufactured for live stage and the film and television industry. To use Pyrotechnic Special Effects you must be certified by Natural Resources Canada and have a Coquitlam Pyrotechnic Permit.

Download the Coquitlam Pyrotechnic Permit Application (PDF).

Fireworks Facts & Safety Tips

  • The risk of fireworks injury is highest for children ages 5 to 14.
  • More than 80% of emergency room fireworks injuries involve fireworks consumers are permitted to use.
  • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
  • After a fireworks display, do not let children pick up leftover fireworks as they may still be active.
  • The tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, which is hot enough to cause third-degree burns. Be careful!

Please check out this Fireworks Safety Tip Sheet (PDF) to protect you, your family and the general public.

Firecracker Facts

  • It is illegal to sell, buy and/or set off firecrackers in Coquitlam. Firecrackers are small cylindrical fireworks that are designed as noisemakers such as bottle rockets and screechers.
  • Not only are firecrackers illegal; they endanger the user(s) and also bystanders and surrounding property.
  • Sparklers (which can get as hot as 1,000 degrees Celsius), screechers and rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year such as severe burns, scars, dismemberment, vision loss and disfigurement.
  • Fireworks and firecrackers have a higher risk of fire death than any other consumer product.