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As I lay in bed and lis­tened to dis­turbingly close fire­works ex­plode on a res­i­den­tial Frank­ton street on Sun­day night, my blood boiled.

Our poor dog was climb­ing the walls in panic while the cat dis­ap­peared com­pletely.

But I was most an­gry at the stu­pid­ity of peo­ple let­ting off fire­works dur­ing a pro­hib­ited fire sea­son.

What is there about TO­TAL FIRE BAN that some peo­ple do not un­der­stand?

Only a week ago the stu­pid­ity, ar­ro­gance or ig­no­rance of an­other per­son or peo­ple saw them light a camp­fire at Rat Point, start­ing a mas­sive fire af­fect­ing hun­dreds of peo­ple who live and work in the Glenorchy area as well as those hol­i­day­ing there and the enor­mous num­ber of vol­un­teers needed to fight the flames.

Only a few days ear­lier I had been ly­ing in bed lis­ten­ing to fire works ex­plode at a dry, windy camp­ing ground in the Waitaki Lakes area.

Se­ri­ously? There is no ex­cuse.

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