7 Nov 2018

Man charged over fire caused by shooting fireworks from moving car

4:06 pm on 7 November 2018

A Canterbury man has been charged in relation to a fire started by fireworks shot out of a moving car in Rolleston.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

About 7pm on Saturday night, a witness reported seeing two vehicles that appeared to be in a chase and shooting fireworks at each other out the windows.

A fire broke out in a hedge causing significant damage to several hedges and a garden, as well as destroying a ride-on mower.

A nearby house was at risk and the occupants had to be evacuated overnight.

Police say a man came forward after publicity about the fire, and he has been charged with intentional damage.

He will appear in the Christchurch District Court next Tuesday.