Wheelie bin prank sparks fire

A prank turned into a more serious emergency after a wheelie bin set alight spread to a power box in a Nelson residential street.

When firefighters arrived at Ngatitama St at 2am yesterday the box supplying electricity to neighbouring homes was buzzing and sparking.

They were unable to do anything until Delta contractors arrived and in the meantime the fire spread to a fence and wooden letterbox, said Station officer Brian O'Donnell.

Once the power issues had been dealt with they were able to extinguish the fire.