Playing With Fire

An unidentified boy confessed yesterday to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that he was playing with matches on October 21 and accidentally started a fire that wiped out 38,000 acres in northern Los Angeles County and destroyed twenty-one homes. The Buckweed fire, as it’s being called, was one of perhaps fifteen blazes that consumed Southern California last week. The boy was interrogated by arson investigators and later released to his parents–the DA’s office has not announced whether it plans to press charges. I presume, or hope, that a competent lawyer was present during the interrogation and that the boy has been made aware of his rights.


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