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UPDATE: All quiet in the Tri-Cities this Halloween
Halloween was a fairly uneventful night for firefighters in the Tri-Cities.
Greg Mayberry, Coquitlam’s assistant fire chief, told The Tri-City News that aside from some young people firing bottle rockets into a garbage can at Scott Creek middle school, there were no major incidents.
“I think a big thing, I believe, is the ban on fireworks,” he said. “There isn’t as many opportunities for the general public to buy fireworks.”
He added that firefighters worked with the RCMP, patrolling neighbourhoods in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam and making sure their presence was known to anyone looking to start trouble.
Things were also quiet in Port Moody, which only received seven calls on Halloween, none of which were related to fireworks or holiday revelling. Fire Chief Remo Faedo said the fact the weather was damp and Halloween fell on a school night made things a bit easier.
“If it is dry and it is a weekend, we tend to get more firework-related incidents,” he said. “That last three years, we have been assisted by the weather.”
Coquitlam RCMP also had a fairly quiet night, although call volumes were up, according to Cpl. Jamie Chung. Mounties in PoCo and Coquitlam received 25 calls related to noise and seized a large number of fireworks.
“They are usually seized because the people are under age or they don’t have permits,” Chung said.
Two suspects were also arrested in two separate robberies that occurred on Halloween. Chung said their names are being withheld pending charges.