I have a button on a leaflet map that when clicked zooms the map to the users current location. This function is working properly.

<button type="button" id="locator" class="btn btn-primary btn-lg">
$("#locator").click(function() {
    setView: true,
    maxZoom: 16

Using the lat and long of the found location I would like to emulate a click event on the intersecting polygon layer. To perform this I use the maps 'locationfound' event to fire a click event at the found location (below). Nothing happens.

map.on('locationfound', function(e) {
  var latlngPoint = new L.LatLng(e.latlng.lng, e.latlng.lat);
  map.fireEvent('click', {
    latlng: latlngPoint

The polygon layer has the following click event. The layer click event works fine when clicked manually, but does not execute via passing latlng pair.

var sections = L.geoJson(randall, {
  style: featureStyle,
  onEachFeature: onEachFeature

function onEachFeature(feature, featureLayer) {


  featureLayer.on('click', function(e) {

    console.log('Layer clicked!', e);

Heres my jsfiddle.

1 Answer 1


This looks like an instance of the XY problem. You don't really want to emulate pointer interactions on Leaflet; what you really want to identify which polygon contains a given point (and the only way of doing that you can think of is to emulate pointer interactions).

If you have a look at the list of Leaflet plugins, you'll see a reference to leaflet-pip and Leaflet.CheapLayerAt. Those should work for your case.

You can of course run your own point-in-polygon geoprocessing via Turf.js or even through WCS.

Also note that the caveats of CheapLayerAt highlight a problem that you would have with your approach of emulating pointer interactions: if the geolocation results are outside of the visible map area, the behaviour would be strange. Vector features in Leaflet are not drawn off-screen, so they don't have event handlers, so they wouldn't react as you would expect.

If you really want to emulate pointer events, do read https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/Events/Creating_and_triggering_events and maybe even the source code for https://github.com/Leaflet/prosthetic-hand . I honestly believe that it's more hassle than it's worth for your use case.

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