Williams Lake man arrested after allegedly celebrating return home with fireworks

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In a release, RCMP say only three break-ins were reported in Williams Lake during the evacuation order, which lasted almost two weeks.

Officers say people called police early Saturday morning to complain about fireworks at a property near Carson Drive and Central Court.

"It is careless acts such as [these] that have the real potential to trigger even more interface wildfires in the area", O'Donaghey said, according to a written statement.

Mounties in B.C. respectfully request wildfire evacuees not celebrate their return home with impromptu fireworks displays.

Residents in the city were ordered to leave July 15 due to wildfire risk.

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After sobering up in an RCMP holding cell, the accused, who isn't being identified, was released from custody with hefty fines and no doubt an expensive lesson on the importance of complying with provincial fire bans. Although the evacuation order was lifted on July 27, the area remains under an evacuation alert, meaning that there is still an ongoing threat from wildfires.

Police say they're thankful to people who called in the complaint.

A 34-year-old man from Williams Lake, British Columbia was arrested and fined after RCMP members halted a risky celebration in the wildfire ravaged area.

"Had this man's actions been overlooked, the outcome could have been dire for the entire community", the release said.

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