Nelson music festival attendee charged with flame thrower use during burn ban

A man has been charged after using a flame thrower during a performance at a music festival in Nelson last weekend.

The 34-year-old used a flame thrower at the Dystopia Festival in Takaka even though a fire ban is in effect in the Tasman/Marlborough District.

Police say the charges relate to the use of a flamethrower and the presence of fire dancers in an area which was under a prohibited fire season.

He is due to appear on Monday in Nelson District Court on two charges under the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act