Firearms charge after bonfire incident

An Otematata man will face a firearms charge after allegedly threatening unruly teens with a rifle.

Detective Warren Duncan said a 52 year-old local man was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm yesterday morning.

''Last night [Thursday] about 10pm there was an incident at a guy's house, who got home from work to find that some young people had lit a bonfire in his driveway and had used some stuff around his yard to set it alight.''

Det Duncan said the youths ''got cheeky'' with the man.

''Basically it developed to a point that he got so angry he drove to a park where a whole lot of youths were and presented a firearm,'' Det Duncan said.

The man was confronted by about six police officers and taken into custody, and would appear in court in February.