They shoot fireworks from a yacht and cause a fire on the island of Hydra, Greece

They shoot fireworks from a yacht and cause a fire on the island of Hydra, Greece
They shoot fireworks from a yacht and cause a fire on the island of Hydra, Greece

For weeks, Greece has been preparing for a particularly difficult summer, fearing forest fires after suffering the hottest winter in its history. While several fires have broken out in recent days, one has particularly aroused the anger of the country. This Friday evening, the pine forest on the island of Hydra, near Athens, burst into flames because of… fireworks fired from a yacht.

“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”, denounced the island’s seasonal firefighters on Facebook. Which managed to quickly control the flames.

First wave of heatwave last week

The island’s mayor, Giorgos Koukoudakis, told public broadcaster ERT that “the municipality would file a civil suit against those responsible for the fire as soon as the preliminary investigation is completed”.

Greece recently toughened the penalties for those responsible for fires, who face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to 200,000 euros, recalls Le Parisien.

Last week, Greece experienced its first wave of heatwave with temperatures reaching over 44°C in places. This Friday, a man died in a forest fire in Greece where 45 new fires fanned by violent winds were recorded, especially in the Peloponnese (south), according to firefighters.

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