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Premature Arson

By Tony Hicks
Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 1:09 pm in Uncategorized.

This is easily the funniest headline I’ve seen on our website in a long, long time:

“Arson suspected in Burning Man figure fire.”

Which, of course, begs the question: How can you get busted for setting fire to something that only exists to set fire to?

Here’s the rest of the story:

One person is reportedly in custody following the early igniting of the Burning Man figure this morning at the annual arts festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.

Black Rock City firefighters responded to calls from the event at 2:58 a.m. and took about 23 minutes to douse the blaze, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The fire damaged but did not destroy the figure, which is set to be burned on the last day of the festival, on Saturday, the newspaper’s Web site said.

No one was injured in the fire, and arson investigators remain on the scene, according to the site.

Calls to festival organizers were not immediately returned.”

That’s one of the best things I’ve ever read. I don’t know — it just may be one of the greatest things that has ever happened. What are they going to charge the suspect with — premature arson? I’d love to see the expression on the D.A.’s face when he/she gets this case. And I’m sure the fire department LOVED hauling themselves out of bed in the middle of the night, driving out into the miserable desert, and extinguishing something that would be “arsoned” again a couple nights later.

I wish I was a Nevada taxpayer.

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3 Responses to “Premature Arson”

  1. vince Says:

    I do too, Tony. Nevada doesn’t have state income tax. They do have this gambling thing I’ve heard about, though…

  2. Dana Myers Says:

    Tony! Don’t you know? There are no individual taxes in Nevada, no sales tax, no income tax. So, sure, I’d love to be a Nevada taxpayer, too, so I could just laugh and fire off a few clips from the collection of automatic rifles every self-respecting Nevadan ends up with.

    I bet Burning Man contributes far more to the Nevada economy than it costs, even with this silly event…

  3. Tony Hicks Says:

    No, I don’t know that. Because I live in California. Why would I know that? I only go to Nevada for the gambling and prostitution.