Probe into incendiary fireworks

An Athens prosecutor is to look into whether anyone should be charged in connection with a forest fire caused by fireworks set off at a lavish party thrown by Athens 2004 Organizing Committee (ATHOC) President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki on Saturday. Yesterday, chief prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos instructed prosecutor Spyros Mouzakitis to establish whether charges should be brought against anyone. The probe is also to determine whether the launching of fireworks at the ATHOC chief’s home in the suburb of Filothei had been legal and whether any security measures were taken. The ATHOC chief hosted the party for scores of Greek and international dignitaries. Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos was yesterday non-specific but direct in his criticism. «Judging by the result, it appears that the fireworks should not have been set off,» he said, adding however that permits had been issued for the display. Seventy-five firemen were sent to extinguish the blaze at the Attiko Alsos, near the ATHOC chief’s home on Dryadon Street.

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