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North Shore emergency responders report quiet Halloween evening
The rain offered a reprieve for North Shore emergency responders who reported a relatively quiet Halloween evening.
In West Van, police responded to 17 noise complaints calls relating to fireworks, out of a total 37 calls.
"As Halloween goes, fortunately we had no serious incidents reported," said West Vancouver Police Department spokesperson Jeff Palmer.
The WVPD also assisted the North Vancouver RCMP in locating a person suffering from a mental health crisis in Lighthouse Park.
Meanwhile, in North Van district, fire crews responded to a garage fire — caused by spent firework shells in a plastic garbage can — in the 800-block of East Kings Road.
The garage filled with heavy smoke, said assistant North Van district fire chief Mike Cairns, but fortunately the home owner had a fire extinguisher handy, as well as working smoke detectors.
The incident serves as timely reminder for people to make sure their smoke detectors are in working order, added Cairns.
District fire prevention officers came across a dozen or so people possessing fireworks without a proper licence. Earlier in the day, a pop-up fireworks store was shut down after the vendor was found to be selling to minors.
"It's a short-term window, so there is lots of opportunity for them to make illegal sales," said Cairns of the multiple fireworks vendors that lose their licence every Halloween season.