Fireworks and horses: compromising in Metchosin

Halloween celebrations to go off without a hitch in Metchosin

Loud bangs can be startling to horses, but Halloween fireworks will continue in Metchosin.

After meeting with several concerned horse owners, Metchosin fire chief Stephanie Dunlop made a few changes to the Halloween celebrations at the fire hall.

After her meetings with the horse owners, Dunlop agreed to run the fire siren for about one minute prior to the fireworks as a warning to horse owners.

“The horses are used to the siren,” Dunlop said.

Several horse owners have said in the past that specific fireworks cause the horses more grief. The department hopes to work around that by comparing the owner’s descriptions and the firework catalogue descriptions when placing orders.

 

The department will also be using no-report fireworks again. The fireworks have a little less of a “bang” than standard fireworks.