Fire­fight­ers face off against fire­works

Sunday Star-Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Through­out Satur­day, fire­fight­ers bat­tled be­tween seven and 10 fires caused by fire­works across the South Is­land. In Christchurch, a 10-by10-me­tre scrub fire in Humphreys Drive, Fer­rymead, was caused by fire­works about 9pm. Crews were work­ing to ex­tin­guish the blaze. Emer­gency ser­vices were called to a ‘‘large’’ fire on State High­way 8 at the Phar Lap Race­way near Ti­maru about 8.20pm, a Fire and Emer­gency NZ spokesper­son said. That, too, had been started by fire­works. By 11pm the fire was out. Fire­works were also sus­pected to have started a scrub fire in Coop­ers Beach in the Far North. A ‘‘few hun­dred’’ homes were with­out power in Auck­land’s Hen­der­son Val­ley af­ter fire­works hit high-volt­age power lines shortly be­fore 10pm, a Vec­tor spokesman said. Crews were on site to en­sure the area was safe be­fore power could be re­stored. In Pukekohe, south of Auck­land, a hotly con­tested pri­vate fire­works dis­play by ITM – spon­sors of the V8 Su­per­cars event –went ahead de­spite protes­ta­tions from lo­cal horse own­ers and train­ers.

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