POLICE were called to a North Stradbroke Island grass fire just hours into the last south-east Queensland Covid lockdown after witnesses saw fireworks let off into bushland.
Three 21-year-old men have been charged with explosives and weapons offences after the incident and are due in Cleveland Magistrates Court next month.
Police were called to the grass fire on Dunbar Street at Amity Point shortly before midnight on Saturday, July 31. Multiple fire crews were already at the scene.
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Witnesses told police fireworks had been released into bushland from a vehicle.
Police detained three men after finding the vehicle during patrols at Amity.
They were charged with possession of a prohibited explosive and dangerous conduct with a weapon.
Sergeant Darren Scanlan said their actions put the Flinders Beach community at risk.
"If it wasn't for the quick action of local firefighters, properties may have been lost," he said.
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