Firework blaze

WITNESSES have extinguished a fire in a St Peters park after it was allegedly started by a man during the total fire ban last week.

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.
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