It's been claimed that the defence personnel who accidentally
started the biggest blaze in the NSW bushfire crisis may have
used too much explosive.
Fairfax Media reports a "well-placed military source" says it
appears the personnel taking part in the exercise had
"massively exceeded" the amount of explosive suitable for the
Marrangaroo training range, near Lithgow.
"There is a limit on how big the blast can be and what they
were doing was well outside that limit," the source told
"If you're a few grams over, it doesn't matter, but this
wasn't just a bit of an overestimate."
Acting Chief of Defence, Air Marshall Mark Binskin, on
Thursday offered an apology over the massive State Mine Fire
that has destroyed three homes and burned through nearly
50,000 hectares of land.
He said the decision to go ahead with the training exercise
was made on a day of light winds and 23 degree-temperatures.
No fire ban was in place.
Defence personnel acted quickly after an explosion started a
small fire, but were hampered by the live ordnance around
Air Marshall Binskin said the force's in-house investigation
into the incident could prompt changes to training procedures