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Oregon teenager will pay $ 36 million for launching fireworks, which caused a forest fire

Because of him burned 200 square kilometers of forest

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Judge of the American District of Hood River sentenced a teenager from Oregon to a fine of $ 36.6 million for careless handling of fire when launching fireworks. The court acknowledged that in 2017 the deed led to the destruction of 200 square kilometers of forest.

According to the investigation, a teenager with friends started fireworks near one of the canyons, where the dry grass remained. They recorded the moment on the video, spent some time there and left. Soon the fire went beyond the uninhabited zone, because of which the firemen had to extinguish the fire for several days and evacuate people.

Oregon, this operation cost $ 18 million, in addition to the final amount of the fine included money to the victims who lost their homes and forced to leave their homes. The teenager has the right to pay the sum incomplete and give it within 10 years. Including, he can work on a voluntary basis. The schedule of payments will be formed by the Forest Protection Service and the District Transportation Department.

In court, the protection of a teenager was trying to gain an excuse, referring to the fact that at the time of the incident, he was 15 years old. His mother told the judge that the act was a “trauma” for him because of a sense of guilt for “a serious mistake.” “I understand that I will have to live with this erroneous decision my whole life,” the teenager said.

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