Surrey RCMP fielded hundreds of calls for fireworks on Diwali, says Const. Sarbjit Sangha.
Prior to midnight on Thursday (Nov. 4), Sangha said there were about 450 calls for service, with the majority of those calls about fireworks. Of those 450 calls for service, there were 280 calls for 911 that were fireworks-related.
Then from midnight to 3 a.m. there were about 360 calls, which were also mainly fireworks-related.
Sangha added some people did call 911 instead of the non-emergency line.
She said people were calling the city’s bylaws department, but the lines were busy so people continued to call RCMP.
“It was as expected,” Sangha noted. “We knew this was going to be a busy night.”
Following Diwali, Sangha said there were minimal calls on Friday and over the weekend RCMP didn’t have any concerns.
Compared to Halloween night, Sangha said there were about 360 calls between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.