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VPD reminding public of rules for Celebration of Light safe

Last Updated Aug 2, 2019 at 10:14 am PDT


No alcohol, smoking or drones are allowed at the Celebration of Light

Vancouver Police say people were well-behaved at the first night of the competition

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hundreds of thousands of people will converge at English Bay to watch Team Canada light up the sky for the Celebration of Light and there are some things to keep in mind if you plan on heading downtown.

Vancouver Police Sergeant Jason Robillard says people have been well behaved so far, but he’s reminding you about the things you can and can’t do. “We want to remind you that it’s getting dry again [and] that alcohol and smoking on the beach are not allowed, particularly smoking, especially marijuana or cigarettes. And also, leave your drones at home. Flying a drone at this event is illegal. Do not fly your drone during, before or after the fireworks.”

He adds they haven’t seen an uptick in people smoking weed since recreational marijuana was legalized by the federal government last October.

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“It’s gone very well so far and we don’t anticipate having any problems tonight or on the finale on Saturday,” adds Robillard.

He says people will see heavy vehicle barriers and officers equipped with carbine rifles but he stresses it’s all in an effort to try and keep the large crowd safe.

Team India performed last Saturday and Team Croatia will wrap up the competition this weekend.

There will be a number of road closures in downtown Vancouver. You can see a full list here.