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Onslow County couple charged with fireworks fire


JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) -- An Onslow County couple has been charged after their fireworks started a fire.

WCTI-TV reported that Onslow County Forest Ranger Ricky Atkins says the fire started Sunday night when a couple was using fireworks in their back yard in the Half Moon area.

Firefighters were still putting out hot spots Monday morning.

Atkins says the fire was started when a rocket landed in some dry underbrush and grass that had dried from the drought.

The state forest service has charged Mark and Loretta Schaefer with setting a fire and failure to extinguish a fire on brush land. It wasn't clear if the couple has an attorney.
Information from: WCTI-TV,

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It happens

This is the result of thinking you know more than others. One - fireworks are illegal for many reasons; two - we are in a drought situation so undue care to needs to be taken with regard to fire; three - they broke the law and must pay. They may not spend time in jail but they should be expected to pay full restitution for any cost involved in fighting the fire and they should perform community service so that people will know that there is no tolerance for this type of behavior. It is a good thing that no one got hurt or someone didn't lose their home to such stupidity.

It sure does...happen that is

First of all, that kind of behavior IS tolerated, or are you walking around with blinders on? Heck I know folks in Onslow, (also know as Oh-slow) and I've seen BBQ's get out of hand, but grillin' is legal, but maybe it shouldn't be to just anyone! As far as fire's are concerned, didn't the military start that big fire up there in the first place, and didn't some homes burn down? Shouldn't they be put in the same boat if your doaling out community service punishment? Fair would be fair! See there, stupidity comes at every level, including yours!


It was lightning that started the fire..... Not the military!

Lightning in a bottle

The military started the fire when they discharged a hot shell, on tank maneuvers, just North of Dixon High School!

The fire on base that *may*

The fire on base that *may* have been started as a result of training did not damage any homes. The more recent fire, farther South, that was touched off by lightning strike, did cause damage to personal property.