LAND O'LAKES — A Fourth of July prankster set off fireworks at the doorstep of two homes in the Ballantrae community Wednesday night, causing a fire on the porch of one home that caused at least $5,000 in damage, authorities said.
The suspect has not been caught, Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin said.
About 9:30 p.m., a 42-year-old man inside a home at 17514 Glenapp Drive smelled smoke, opened the front door and saw flames, a report states. After the man put the fire out with wet towels, he saw a firework on the ground. He was not injured, authorities said.
The suspect was seen on a home video surveillance system a few minutes later at a nearby home, at 17728 Glenapp Drive, lighting a firework fuse, ringing the doorbell and running away. The fuse went out and the firework failed to go off, the Sheriff's Office said. The suspect appeared to flee in a silver Dodge Neon. Tobin said the investigation continues.