Firecracker toss costs student $27,000

A college student has been ordered to pay restitution of $27,000 for tossing a firecracker in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, starting a wildfire which burned 70 acres. The U. S. Forest Services said Jonathon Meyer was camping with friends in the Daniel Boone National Forest when he started the fire with fireworks, then fled without warning other campers or reporting the fire.

Eight others, after agreeing to plea bargins, will pay $6,700 each.

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