Horses hurt as they flee ?idiot? fireworks
By EMMA CORNFORD
WHOEVER let off fireworks near lower Coldstream Road on Wednesday night are 'idiots', according to Tyndale resident Lynda Sonter.
Mrs Sonter, who breeds Arabian horses, said the noise from the 'absolutely massive' display caused three of her horses, including a brood mare which was heavily in foal, to bolt through a five-string barbed-wire fence.
The mare received lacerations to her chest and front legs while one of the yearlings ripped her back leg open.
"I don't mind those normal, everyday smaller fireworks which you see every now and again but these were just huge," she said.
"Whoever let them off was either a professional or had a damn good supplier because these lit up the sky like it was daytime. It was unbelievable."
Mrs Sonter said she was concerned that other residents in the area would have had their horses or other animals bolt.
"Our horses just went ballistic and noises like that, like big explosions, will scare everything.
"We were up till midnight fencing because of some people yahooing and letting off huge fireworks. People just have to think before doing stuff like that," Mrs Sonter said.