Locals put out fire, detain man before police arrive at park
Last Thursday about 10pm, police were called to Sydney Park, following reports of a fire in bushland.
Police arrived a short time later and were approached by members of the public, who had extinguished the fire and allegedly prevented a man from leaving the scene.
Police spoke with the 34-year-old man before searching his vehicle and allegedly seizing multiple cigarette lighters, and a variety of sparklers and fireworks.
Shortly after, detectives examined the fire scene, which was about 10 square metres, and located the remnants of a firework.
The St Ives man was charged with causing or setting fire to the property of another or the Crown, failing to comply with total fire ban order, and handling explosive/precursor without an authorising licence.
Police will allege in court that the man ignited the firework with the intention of causing a fire. Without the intervention of witnesses, the fire could have spread rapidly throughout the parkland.
Anyone who sees suspicious or illegal behaviour is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.