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Slim majority of North Shore residents want fireworks banned: poll

Only 26 per cent say fireworks should stay
Fireworks seized by North Vancouver RCMP during previous years' Halloween tomfoolery. | North Vancouver RCMP

With the scariest and loudest night of the year coming, a slim majority of North Shore residents say fireworks should be banned.

The District of North Vancouver is considering banning the consumer sale and use of the incendiary amusements, which are currently only legal with a valid permit on Halloween night between 6 and 10 p.m. Reasons cited include noise, stress to pets and wildlife, property damage and environmental pollution.

North Shore News polled 1,166 North Shore News readers and asked the question: Should municipalities ban fireworks?

The poll ran from Oct. 13 to Oct. 22. Of the 1,166 votes, we can determine that 494 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes, they are a nuisance and threaten the environment. 54.05 % local, 50.60 % total    
No, they are good, clean fun once or twice a year. 26.11 % local, 30.19 % total    
Maybe, but we should try enforcing the existing rules before creating new ones. 19.84 % local, 19.21 % total    
  Local   Total

The results largely reflect the input received by district council at a public meeting held Oct 12. District council is expected to vote on the proposed ban in mid-November.

The City of North Vancouver banned fireworks in 2009.

Results are based on an online study of adult North Shore News readers that are located in North Shore. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 2.86%, 19 times out of 20.

North Shore News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.