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‘Errant firework’ starts Grand Forks garage fire

Grand Forks RCMP say a garage in the 6300 block of College Road was damaged by an “errant firework.”

They were called along with firefighters just after midnight on Sunday.

“All parties involved have been spoken with and are cooperating with the investigation,” Sgt. Darryl Peppler said in a news release.

He said it was just one incident in a typically busy May long weekend for police. Among other things:

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• Two officers conducted two different vehicle check stops in Christina Lake on Saturday afternoon, checking over 140 vehicles. Motorists were reminded of the speed limit change from 70 km/h to 60 km/h on Highway 3. A few warnings were issued, but no tickets.

• Late Sunday while patrolling in south Ruckle, officers noticed two quads being driven through the area. Police say the drivers “departed hastily” to avoid getting caught, but officers were able to track them down and issued tickets to the registered owner for driving without due care and failing to stop for police.

“As the owner of any vehicle or quad, you bear the responsibility and liability for anyone driving your vehicle,” Peppler said.

• On Monday night, officers caught a vehicle going more than 100 km/h in a 50 zone. They ticketed a 17-year-old from Nelson for excessive speeding, failing to produce a license, and failure to display an N on the vehicle. The vehicle was impounded for a week.

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