Tyre-less car sparks scrub fires

23:33, Jul 22 2012

Flying sparks from a tyre-less car being towed along Wairarapa roads may have caused three scrub fires.

Police say the car, which was missing at least one tyre, was towed for up to 10km at midday on Friday, with witnesses describing a shower of sparks coming from the rear of the car.

It is believed to have been towed behind a van from rural Black Rock Rd, north of Masterton, to Colombo Rd on Masterton's east side.

Acting Senior Sergeant Rob Rackcliffe said three small fires on Black Rock Rd were likely caused by sparks from the car's rims igniting dry vegetation.

''It sounds like there were sparks just everywhere, flying up from the wheels.''

Police were trying to find the two vehicles in order to identify the driver, he said.

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The car is believed to be a silver Holden Commodore or Mitsubishi Gallant, and was towed by a white van.

Anyone with information can contact Masterton police on 06 370 0300, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Email: seamus.boyer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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