Anyone found to be misusing fireworks will be held
accountable, Dunedin police warn.
Already two incidents involving the misuse of fireworks were
being investigated by Dunedin police ahead of tonight's Guy
Sergeant Ben Butterfield said dry vegetation along State
Highway 87 was set alight by the occupants of a van as they
let off fireworks from the vehicle between Mosgiel and Outram
on Sunday evening.
Emergency services were called to the fire at 8.30pm, he
The blaze did not cause any major damage, although it
illustrated the potential danger of fireworks, Sgt
''We encourage people to use fireworks responsibly, as they
have the potential to cause injuries and property damage.
Misuse of fireworks can lead to people being charged and
police take the misuse of fireworks seriously, so should we
find people misusing them they will be held accountable for
their actions,'' he said.
Those responsible for the fire had yet to be identified and
police inquiries were continuing, Sgt Butterfield said.
On Saturday night, Dunedin police were called several times
to a Beresford St house party where a hedge was set alight by
fireworks, following earlier complaints by nearby residents
about the use of fireworks.
Two Dunedin men were charged with disorder-related offences
in relation to the incident.