Teens Charged After Allegedly Lighting Fire During Fire Ban

Two teenage boys have been charged after a fire broke out on the NSW far north coast earlier this week.

Police say at about 1pm on Monday the two boys, aged 13 and 14, entered scrubland located between a pathway and the ocean close to Casuarina Way in Kingscliff.

The boys then allegedly gathered paper, dry leaves and other plants and set them alight with a cigarette lighter.

A man who was cycling along the paved pathway noticed smoke coming from the scrubland and went to investigate.

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The man saw the teenagers standing near the fire. When they saw the man, the boys allegedly ran from the scene towards the beach.

The man attempted to extinguish the fire before calling NSW Fire and Rescue.

Police from the Tweed/Byron Police District were called to the scene of the fire and spoke to the man who saw the boys allegedly flee. Their investigations lead them to finding and charging the pair.

The teens have been charged under the Young Offenders Act.

The charges come as a man was arrested after allegedly setting off a firework which started a small fire in a south Sydney park.

Police were called to Sydney Park at St Peters at about 10 pm on Thursday night following reports of a fire.

By the time emergency crews arrive, members of the public had extinguished the flames and blocked the accused from leaving.

He was charged with a number of offences including fail to comply with total fire ban order.

He will front court on Friday.

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