Celebrating Hallowe’en with a bang?

If you’re planning on having fireworks as part of your spooky celebrations, there are a few things you should know.

It’s a time of tricks and treats, of delights and scares, and fun with family and friends. Yep, Hallowe’en is here again, and if you’re planning on having fireworks as part of your spooky celebrations, there are a few things you should know.

For one thing, you’ll only be able to get your hands on roman candles or any other fireworks between October 25 and 31 – the only period of time you can legally possess them.

If you’re lighting up the sky with the colourful displays, you’d better be over the age of 18, and have the written consent of whomever owns the property where they’re being set off. In the village of Nakusp, you’ll need to get a no-charge permit signed by the Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner (Terry Warren), and forget about firecrackers – they’re totally banned in the village.

“We usually only get three a year,” Warren said about fireworks forms, and he added the person who signs is responsible for the fireworks.

The festive bangs and pops can frighten pets and livestock, but anybody who’s a good neighbour would let their neighbour know in advance they were going to set off fireworks, said Warren.

If you’re caught with contraband fireworks, they can be seized and confiscated, and if you get caught in contravention of any of these rules, you can be slapped with a fine (not more than $500).

So, have fun, be safe, and enjoy the night’s sky with or without colourful explosions.