Fireworks likely cause of Broome bushfire

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Fireworks found at Minyirr Park in Broome.
Camera IconFireworks found at Minyirr Park in Broome. Credit: WA Police

Police believe illegal fireworks were the cause of a fire in Broome on Sunday that burned nearly 250 hectares of bushland.

Speaking to media this morning, Broome Police Officer-in-Charge Senior Sergeant Les Andrews said the fire, at Minyirr Park near Gantheaume Point, was thought to have started after fireworks were let off in the area.

“Investigative actions completed thus far has presented strong evidence that the fire (was) the result of misadventure, more specifically through the discharging of illegal fireworks at the scene,” he said.

Snr Sgt Andrews said illegal fireworks had caused significant angst in the community in recent weeks.

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“The illegal use of fireworks within our community distresses family pets, disturbs young children and affects vulnerable members as well as many other complaints,” he said.

“It is asked that members of the public be respectful of their community neighbours and refrain from discharging fireworks without the appropriate permits.”

It is illegal to possess or use fireworks in WA without a permit, with 23 convictions in the past decade.

Police are urging anyone who could assist them with their investigation, including dash cam footage, to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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