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Authorities Arrest Men Seen Laughing, Throwing Illegal Fireworks Out Of Vehicle

Merrit Thomas

A fire caused by illegal fireworks thrown from a car have led to the arrest of two men.

On July 4th, Tyler Weeks and passenger Tristan Forrest were seen throwing a lit firework from their vehicle and laughing. A Lincoln County Deputy spotted their vehicle afterwards, and spotted more illegal fireworks in their possession after pulling them over. Both men admitted to their actions.

Credit Oregon.gov
The firework-caused blaze happened near Milepost 31 in the Alsea, Oregon area.

Meanwhile, crews with the Alsea Fire Department and the Benton County Sheriff’s office tackled the fire, which burned nearly two-thirds of an acre along Highway 34.

Weeks and Forrest were booked on arson, reckless burning, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief, as well as possessing illegal fireworks.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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