Ohio man charged with starting fire from illegal fireworks

Ohio man charged with starting fire from illegal fireworks

POSTED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 10:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 10:04am

A North Royalton resident was criminally charged with discharging fireworks after the explosives allegedly sparked a blaze along West 130th Street on Saturday night.

According to North Royalton Police Detective Dave Loeding, the incident took place on June 30, 2012 around 9:30 p.m.

Police say when officers arrived at the scene Steven P. Grasser, 42, was outside with a garden hose spraying water on the flames, in an attempt to extinguish the fire.

A neighbor had alerted police that Grasser had been lighting fireworks just prior to the fire starting.

Members of the North Royalton Fire Department were able to put out the fire before any serious damage was caused.

Loeding says the damage was limited to brush and ground vegetation along a ravine.

Grasser was arrested at the scene and all remaining fireworks he had in his home were confiscated.

Grasser was taken to the North Royalton Police Station where he was booked on the charge.

Fireworks is illegal in East Baton Rouge Parish, fireworks will be confiscated if found and violators could also face criminal charges.

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