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.
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.
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.