A Nanaimo man accused of an Environmental Management Act violation related to a backyard fire he had while demolishing a house has had the charge dropped.
Patrick Olfert was found not guilty in a Nanaimo court room on Aug. 12.
Olfert had a large fire in his backyard on Oct. 15, 2011 during the demolition of a house in the semi-rural area of Wellington.
Neighbours complained about the burning and an off-duty conservation officer drove by and filmed the scene. Debris from the demolition was scattered about the yard, including pink insulation and old lumber.
"It was not waste produced by a prescribed activity or operation," said judicial justice Hunter Gordon in his reasons for judgement. "For this reason, I find Mr. Olfert not guilty of that of which he is charged."
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