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Phillip grass fire started by filthy smoker

By johnboy 18 October 2011 24

ACT Fire Brigade has extinguished a small grass fire on Yamba Drive, Phillip, near the Athletic Field.

Estimated size of small grass fire 20 metres x 10 metres.

Cause of fire was from a discarded cigarette butt.

An Emergency Triple Zero (000) call was made at 1.02pm by a passer-by whose quick actions allowed the ACT Fire Brigade to extinguish the small grass fire before it grew in size.

ACT Fire Brigade would like to remind the community to fully extinguish cigarette butts and discard in a proper manner.

1:45pm Tuesday 18 October 2011

[Courtesy ESA]

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thatsnotme 11:15 pm 19 Oct 11

New cars not having ash trays as standard is no excuse at all. Back when I was a smoker (or ‘filthy smoker’), and smoked in the car, I’d keep an old drink container in the cup holder. Fill it half with water, drop butts into it, and put the lid straight back on. Bit of a shake, the butt was straight out, and I’d never have stale butt stench fouling out the car.

And yes…I realise that the car probably stunk of smoke anyway, but the smell from old butts sitting in an ash tray is just something else. Fortunately, not something I’ve had to worry about for years now.

eily 8:42 pm 19 Oct 11

Henry82 said :

eily said :

But what else are they supposed to do with their butts when a lot of modern cars no longer have ashtrays.

So you’re saying you’d rather risk burning down someone’s house, than keep a butt to yourself?

Plenty of options

* ash tray car kit
* butt box free from govt
* pvc pipe (with endcap) in car (you can pour out butts when you go to a petrol station
* not smoke in your car

eily said :

Far to difficult to remember to carry something to put their butts in.

Leave it in your car?

eily said :

And oh so disgusting.

Oh, the irony of a smoker saying cigarettes are disgusting.

I’m not a smoker and never have been. And I’ve been there when our horse paddock went up from a fire caused by a filthy smoker’s butt.

But I’ve been around long enough to see that some smoker’s are an inconsiderate bunch of gits.

Mysteryman 9:23 am 19 Oct 11

I get quite annoyed by drivers who throw cigarette butts out the window. Especially when I’m on the motorbike. I found myself wanting to pull up next to one of those filthy clowns last week and punch his mirror off with my armoured glove.

I didn’t, but damn I wanted to. Dirty a***hole.

what_the 9:16 am 19 Oct 11

p1 said :

Classified said :

I see people flick butts out of car windows almost every time I drive. I even confronted a guy about it once, but realistically what can be done?

I’ve had a few people even toss them out the windows of cars when I am behind them on a motorcycle. I usually honk to politely remind them that it is bad (whether in car or on bike), but the time that a glowing butt nearly came in the front of my helmet, I used universal hand gestures to signal to the driver what I thought. That had that blank look on their face that just tells you they don’t get it.

Do what one bloke did and pick it up and throw it back in his window!!

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