Camper fined for lighting fireworks

By on August 9, 2017
File photo of fireworks in the sky.

A fireworks celebration by campers in the Quilchena area has landed one man with a hefty fine.

RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming said a 30-year-old man was fined $1,050 after taking responsibility for shooting off fireworks at a campsite near Nicola Lake at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning (Aug. 5).

The fireworks drew the attention of other campers in the area, who asked two men at the campsite to knock it off, noting the Nicola Valley was filled with smoke for a reason,” Flemming told the Herald. He said the men persisted, and police were called.

“Fortunately, their wives woke up and came out and collared them by the ears and took them off to bed,” said Flemming.

Shooting fireworks is prohibited under the current fire ban in place in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

“It’s still boggling my mind that someone would think this was OK given the current climate,” said Flemming in reference to the current dry conditions and fire ban.

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