Discarded army flare sparks bushfire

Discarded army flare sparks bushfire

16 October 2008

published by www.news.com.au

Australia — A discarded army flare exploded in the hands of a woman, starting a bushfire on the NSW south coast, but the Defence Department does not know where the flare came from.

The trip flare was found by two women riding their horses through a state forest near Batemans Bay and one of the women, Brenda-Lee Tonna, picked it up thinking it was a child’s toy.

But within seconds the flare exploded, burning Ms Tonna’s hand.

“The origin of the flare is unknown,” a defence department spokesman said.

“Army does not have any records of recent training exercises being conducted at the Mogo State Forest.”

The subsequent bushfire burnt out 4000sq m of bush and took two hours to extinguish, Fairfax reported.

An Army investigator contacted NSW police and had offered assistance, the defence spokesman said.

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