14yo to face court over Noosa bushfire

14yo to face court over Noosa bushfire

8 October 2008

published by www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Australia — A 14-year-old boy will face court over his alleged involvement in a large bushfire which razed 2200 hectares of national park at Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast.

Police this afternoon confirmed they had issued the teen with a notice to appear in court in relation to the fire, however he has not formally been charged with arson.

Fire authorities earlier today suggested bored teenagers on school holidays may have had a hand in the damaging blaze, which burned for two days and threatened hundreds of homes in the Sunrise Beach, Marcus Beach and Lake Weyba areas.

Assistant Commissioner Ray Eustace told the brisbanetimes.com.au the presence of several different spot fires in a confined area directly beside a Sunrise Beach high school indicated they were deliberately lit.

Fire crews gained control of the fire late last night and have remained at the scene to ensure it doesn’t flare up again.

A police spokeswoman said the boy would be dealt with under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act.

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