a forest set on fire by fireworks launched from a luxury yacht

a forest set on fire by fireworks launched from a luxury yacht
a forest set on fire by fireworks launched from a luxury yacht

UA forest fire ignited the small tourist island of Hydra, in Greece, on Friday June 21. The fire was started by fireworks launched from a luxury yacht moored in the bay, reports the Belgian daily The evening. Which triggered the anger of the authorities.

“The fire, caused by fireworks from a boat, burns the only pine forest on the island, in a place that is difficult to access and has no road,” reported the volunteer firefighters present on Hydra in a post on Facebook, supporting photos. READ ALSO Acropolis closed, emergency measures… How the heatwave imposed a “mini-lockdown” in Greece

The flames were quickly brought under control and no longer pose a threat. The mayor of the island, outraged by the irresponsibility of the boaters, indicated on the Greek public television channel ERT that “the municipality would file a civil suit against those responsible for the fire as soon as the preliminary investigation was completed.” .

45 fires started in 24 hours

Plagued by frequent fires each year, facilitated by extreme heat, the Greek authorities have once again called for the greatest vigilance. The fire risk remains “very high” in a large part of the country, particularly around the capital. Indeed, in the country, 45 new outbreaks of fires fanned by violent winds were recorded in 24 hours, firefighters said on Friday June 21.

Faced with these fires, which can be deadly, Athens recently toughened the penalties for arson, recalls AFP. From now on, the perpetrators risk up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of 200,000 euros.

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