Queensland men charged after allegedly starting bushfire in national park with fireworks

27 September 2021

Published by https://7news.com.au/

AUSTRALIA – Two men in their 30s have allegedly thrown fireworks into a Queensland national park, starting a bushfire which required 12 crews to contain.

The men, aged 32 and 37, have been charged after they were witnessed throwing the fireworks into Albinia National Park, west of Rockhampton, about 1.20am on Monday.

Police alleged the blaze destroyed more than 14 square kilometres of the national park.

“It took nine rural fire and three national park firefighting units to contain the blaze,” police said in a statement on Monday.

“Due to forecasts, firefighting units will be required to monitor the site over the next few days to ensure no further spot fires develop.”

The men have been charged with one count each of lighting an unauthorised fire.

They are due to appear in Emerald Magistrates Court next month.

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