Tasmania Fire Service fire investigators have completed an investigation into a fire at Broadmarsh, after it was revealed a TasNetworks contractor using explosives on a 37 degree day was the cause of the 6 hectare fire.
Electrical contractors replacing a condemned power pole used a small amount of explosives underground to excavate a rock near the pole in preparation for a replacement pole. The explosives were underground and not in contravention of the Total Fire Ban restrictions in place in Southern Tasmania at the time.
The cause of the fire was determined to be the fallen power pole which created sparks on impact, not the use of explosives.
Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said it defied belief that the state-owned company or its contractors would undertake such an irresponsible practice and the Minister responsible Guy Barnett needs to act immediately.
“This behaviour on a total fire ban day when temperatures reached 37 degrees in an area of high fire risk is beyond negligent,” Mr O’Byrne said.
TFS reminds people that on Total Fire Ban days, no ignition (including explosives) should be used in open air.