Banned fireworks sold to children in CTV sting
Published Friday, October 26, 2012 9:13PM PDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 31, 2012 9:15AM PDT
With Halloween approaching, CTV News conducted an undercover sting to find out just how simple it is for children to buy banned fireworks.
The explosive in question is known as the M-80, a firecracker that’s illegal in both Canada and the U.S. But a quick search on Craigslist reveals numerous people willing to sell them – even to minors.
CTV News contacted one of the sellers and arranged to make a purchase at a parking lot near Cambie Street. A 16-year-old student bought the M-80s at $2 a piece.
“He didn’t even seem like he was remotely interested in how old I was,” the teenager said. “He just wanted his money.”
CTV News arranged a second meeting at the same location, and asked the man why he sells to kids.
“I’m not selling them to kids,” he replied.
Asked whether he was concerned about the safety of children, he said “No comment,” and drove away.
The fireworks contain serious explosives – just ask Adam Felardeau. Three years ago, when Felardeau was in Grade 9, he had an accident playing with M-80s that cost him two of his fingertips.
“It lit and I didn’t know what to do and before I knew it, it blew up my hand,” he said.
“I was in hospital for a week. It’s changed my life.”
Federal officials said they regularly monitor the internet for M-80 sales, and Vancouver police said they will investigate complaints of illegal sales.
“It’s disturbing to us that someone would sacrifice the safety of people for the sake of making a few dollars,” said Const. Brian Montague.
Adam says the injury serves as a constant reminder, and he’s learned to think twice before putting himself in danger. He hopes other people will do the same.
With a report from CTV British Columbia’s Mi-Jung Lee
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