Fireworks. File photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.Fireworks. File photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

$1M barn fire sparked by fireworks

What started as a celebration at a rural property southeast of St. Thomas ended with a $1 million barn fire.

Emergency crews were called about the fire at a farm on Southdale Line in Central Elgin shortly after 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Investigators determined the owners of the property had been hosting a celebration when one of the fireworks in a private display accidentally tipped and launched into a nearby hay barn, Elgin OPP said.

The firework caused the dry hay to ignite quickly.

No injuries were reported, but damage to buildings and farm equipment has been estimated at $1 million.

Charges were not laid in relation to the mishap, police said.

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