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Yesterday, a massive fire was caused after someone apparently threw a cigarette butt out the window of a car sparking a fire that destroyed 47 cars at Sydney’s Olympic Park.  If caught, the person responsible could face severe penalties according to the Sydney Police Commissioner.  In NSW the maximum penalty for starting a bushfire is 14 years (as long as someone doesn’t die).

But today I am curious… would the dropping of a cigarette butt really be treated with such seriousness?

There is CCTV footage all through this carpark which was graced with long dry grass before the fire.  So it is likely the cause will be found.

In a country facing record fire danger, how should we be discouraging smokers from throwing their cigarette butts out their windows in obviously dangerous dry grass?  Have your say!

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. If this fire was started by a cigarette butt that was thrown from a car; the chances of finding the person responsible are slim. It is a careless and irresponsible thing to do. However some people are just not aware of the dangers. More advertising aimed at sharpening public awareness is needed. Sadly many fires are lit deliberately. If those responsible are caught they should be punished accordingly. Some fires are lit by arsonists some by pranksters and others are a result of a careless and thoughtless act. Those started by Mother Nature are part of the big picture.

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