Locals are infuriated after partying tourists set off fireworks on their multi-million-dollar superyacht, which caused a massive wildfire that burned down a pine forest on a Greek island.


The allure of luxury yachts lies in their promise of absolute privacy—what happens aboard stays aboard. These floating palaces are the epitome of exclusivity and elegance, where festivities unfold behind a veil of secrecy. But for a group of holidaymakers seeking a dazzling fire show while cruising and partying around the Greek island of Hydra, their merrymaking turned into a fiery catastrophe in no time.


According to media reports, this Friday, 17 Kazak tourists were basking in their yacht’s splendor, and wanted a fireworks show as part of their exuberant party. That is when the evening took an unexpected and perilous turn. Sparks from their fireworks landed on the island’s only pine forest, setting it ablaze. Despite their frantic efforts, the crew and guests of the 180-foot yacht (in all possibility a charter) could not control the raging fire. They informed the fire department and fled the scene, which was also witnessed by other boats in the region.

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Via Facebook / @Volunteer Fire Station of Hydra

Greek authorities intervened, temporarily arrested 13 crew members, and thoroughly searched the vessel. The mayor of Hydra, Giorgos Koukoudakis, was left in outrage and expressed his displeasure, pledging legal action against those responsible. He also addressed the bigger picture and called for corrective action by creating more firebreaks and access roads in forests, highlighting Greece’s high vulnerability to wildfires.

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Via Facebook / @Volunteer Fire Station of Hydra

The public’s response to the incident mirrored the mayor’s fury. According to SWR3, outraged netizens demanded severe punishment, with comments like “Lock them up!” and “Arson must be punished much more severely!” The situation with fires in Greece is so grave that authorities warn people against grilling outdoors or using tools for welding or grinding, and this party on the yacht didnt shy away from firing rockets in the windy area. As the adage goes, “Precaution is better than cure,” this incident was a stark reminder of its truth.

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