Huron OPP say three men who climbed a 60-metre tower on Canada to set off fireworks are charged with trespassing

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Drinking and fireworks are already a dangerous combination, but mixing the two atop a 60-metre-high water tower could have had deadly consequences, police said.

Emergency responders were called to the Hensall water tower in Huron County on Canada Day after a group of men was spotted shooting fireworks from the tower.

Three men in their 20s climbed up to an observation deck, where they drank alcohol and set off fireworks, Huron OPP said Thursday.

The daredevils told responding officers they were trying to catch a glimpse of the fireworks display in Grand Bend, the beach town located 28 kilometres southwest of Hensall, police said.

“This was an incredibly dangerous stunt, had they fallen it would have been certainly fatal” OPP Const. Ed Barty said in a statement.

Two of the men climbed down using the rung ladder — ignoring protests from responding officers — while a third was lowered down by firefighters, police said.

Two Huron County men and Perth County man were charged with trespassing. They’re scheduled to appear at the Goderich courthouse on Sept. 19.


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