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Fireworks spark drug seizure

Raw viewer video of the fire in West Kelowna that was set off by home made fireworks. While at the fire, RCMP discovered a grow operation. 

2 p.m. update: On October 31 at 7:10 p.m, the West Kelowna Fire Dept requested police assistance with a large hedge fire at a residence on Glenford Rd. West Kelowna.

The man owning the residence had allegedly shot a firework into his hedge causing the fire.

About 70 kilos of undried fresh green leaves and stems as well as about 4 kilos of dried marihuana bud were located behind the hedge were also seized by police.

The 48-year-old man was arrested for production of marijuana contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and released pending Crown approval of charges under Section 7(1) CDSA.

He was also issued a West Kelowna Bylaw ticket for failing to have a permit to use fireworks. No one was injured.

Update 11:30 a.m. Nov 1 - West Kelowna fire officials say homemade fireworks were responsible for a hedge fire on Lower Glenrosa Road on Halloween night.

Fire department official, Brian Collier, says the firework was a gunpowder composition in a metal tube.

"(It was) similar to a 'fountain.' It would have involved the igniting of the gunpowder and basically shooting into the air about six feet or so. He had it way too close to the hedge," says Collier.

About 50 feet of the man's own hedge was consumed by the fire.

The man attempted to put out the fire prior to crews arriving. Fire fighters were able to extinguish it.

Collier says the man was detained by RCMP for a matter unrelated to the fireworks or the fire.

Original Story 9:30 p.m. Oct 31 - Fireworks are the expected culprit that sent firefighters out to battle a hedge blaze right in the midst of trick-or-treat time on Lower Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna.

The video below provided by Randy Millis shows the large fire.

The exact cause is unknown, but witnesses say it was caused by fireworks, which are banned in the area.



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