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Squamish RCMP seizes fireworks and takes action on Halloween night

The night of Halloween took an unexpected turn as Squamish RCMP were inundated with calls reporting mischief and disturbances. 
Some of the fireworks that were seized last night.

It was an extra busy night for Squamish RCMP last night. 

Mounties say that Halloween "devolved into a night of mischief and disturbances," with police fielding numerous calls throughout town.

There were dozens of reports throughout Squamish and beyond of fireworks and "unruly behaviour," RCMP said in a news release sent out on Nov. 1.

The Garibaldi Highlands had more than 30 reports of youth setting off firecrackers and causing a disturbance.  

Responding officers estimate that there were about 400 youths in the area causing trouble, the release states.

Officers seized large quantities of fireworks throughout the evening from the Garibaldi Highlands and other local neighbourhoods.

Along with the mischief and causing disturbance calls, police also were out on wellness checks, helping with search and rescue, attending intimate partner violence calls and conducting impaired investigations, the release states. 

Those investigations led to two drivers being taken off the road and given 90-day driving suspensions.

"Halloween is often a busy night for our officers; historically, it has been a noisy but orderly event.  However, this year, we definitely saw more disturbance calls than in previous years," said Staff Sgt. Gareth Bradley of the Squamish RCMP, in the news release.

With Halloween the kickoff of more of the holiday season for most folks, RCMP is "encouraging everyone to enjoy the season safely, and to cherish the festivities and create memories."


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