Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Police Warn Of Sparkler 'Bomb' Dangers

Police Warn Of Sparkler 'Bomb' Dangers

New Zealand Police Wellington News Release - 25 October 2006

Wellington District Police say people who make 'sparkler bombs' out of fireworks are irresponsible and dangerous.

"We've had heaps of calls in the last few years where sparklers have been used as bombs to blow up letter boxes and rubbish bins," says acting Inspector Alasdair Macmillan, Operational Services Manager, Wellington District Headquarters.

"This mindless vandalism is dangerous and destructive. There's a high potential for injury, and a high cost for householders or business owners in replacing damaged property. If you see someone acting suspiciously with fireworks then please tell us about it.

"Some people think that sparklers are harmless fun and only used for writing names in the air. Sadly that's not the case any more and sparklers are being used for a more explosive purpose."

The ten-day retail period for fireworks starts on Friday. Police are urging people to be careful when lighting fireworks and to only use them for their intended purpose.

Nationally Police attended nearly 1200 fireworks related incidents last year, and firefighters attended over 700 fires.

Inspector Macmillan says people who make sparkler bombs, recklessly use fireworks or injure someone as a result of explosions could face serious charges.

These include arson, attempted arson, intentional damage, carrying or possessing explosives except for lawful, proper or sufficient purpose, and unlawful carriage or possession of explosives in a public place.

"We want people to enjoy themselves but we want them to respect the safety and property of others," Inspector Macmillan says. "The best way to enjoy fireworks is to go to one of the many public displays in the region. They're controlled, safe and spectacular."

For more safety information from Police, the Fire Service, ERMA New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment, go to a special website: www.guyfawkes2006.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election