Sparkler bombs

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TWO fires started when “sparkler bombs” were set off in a Mornington park last week are being investigated by police.

Detective Leading Senior Constable Alex Montgomery, of Somerville CIU, said youths taped the sparklers to aerosol cans and lit them in a playground in Tallis Drive, 11pm, Tuesday 5 February and 6.30pm, Wednesday 6 February.

The resulting explosions scorched timber edging and a tree in the park, opposite Mornington Secondary College, on days of moderate fire danger. There is no CCTV footage but youths were seen in the area.

“It is a bit concerning that the explosives were set off two days in a row in bushfire weather,” Detective Montgomery said.

Anyone with information is urged to call him on 5978 1300 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 February 2019

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