(RCMP handout)

Man fined for allegedly setting off fireworks in Williams Lake

The man was arrested and fined $1,000

RCMP say a Williams Lake man, happy to be home, has been fined for setting off fireworks in celebration of the lifted evacuation orders.

Mounties responded to reports of mischief in progress in the area of Carson Drive and Central Court Saturday morning, where they found a 34-year-old intoxicated man on his property where police found several empty fireworks canisters, according to a news release.

RELATED: Winds continue to control wildfires in the Cariboo

The evacuation order was lifted for the city more than a week ago, but crews are still battling 14 active fires in the Cariboo region – some thousands of hectares in size.

Officials have stated their concern for the tinder-dry conditions, resulting in ongoing campfire bans and on off-road vehicles in the Southeast, Cariboo and Kamloops regions.

“The 34-year-old Williams Lake man later told police that he set the fireworks off in celebration of returning home after his evacuation,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said.

The man was arrested and released with $1,000 in fines relating to allegedly dropping, releasing or mishandling a burning substance, as well as for failing to comply with high risk activity restrictions under both the provincial BC Wildfire Act and its Regulations, police said.

“It is careless acts such as this that have the real potential to trigger even more interface wildfires in the area,” O’Donaghey said.


@ashwadhwani
ashley.wadhwani@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Greater Victoria enjoys sunny first day of spring

Summer-like temperatures of 21 degrees hit Wednesday for first day of spring

Esquimalt puts freeze on taxes for local businesses

The tax increase for residents sits at 5.51 per cent, averaging to an additional $46

Bitter Saturna land-use dispute highlights legal grey areas

Unhappy Tsawout accuse leadership of cultural destruction

Development replacing Fairfield United Church gets final approval

The new Unity Commons Development will take over the space at 1303 Fairfield Rd.

Saanich forwards student-targeted development to public hearing

Proposed development advertises itself to individuals who want a car-free lifestyle

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

Most Read