2 teen boys charged with fireworks arson
Two teenage boys were arrested Monday on accusations that they placed lit fireworks on two strangers' doorsteps on the Fourth of July.
The boys, both 15, were charged with arson. The Times is withholding their names due to their age.
The fireworks were ignited on the front porches of two homes in the Ballantrae community. One homeowner came out to his porch about 9:30 p.m. July 4 and saw flames, which he put out with wet towels, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The fire caused about $5,000 in damage to the porch.
A firework lit on a second porch failed to go off, authorities said. But a surveillance camera at that home captured footage of one of the pranksters, which the Sheriff's Office released last week to seek tips on who was responsible.
The boys turned themselves in Monday.