Utah Firestarters Get $5k Fine on $2 Million BlazeBy Rocky Thompson on February 11th, 2013
Two Utah men who started a forest fire with something called an “explosive target(!?)” were given $5k fines and suspended six-month prison sentences. The duo was target shooting when whatever they were shooting exploded (this is presumably on purpose) and ignited brush starting a fire that would cost $2.1 million to put out, burn 5,507 acres, and temporarily displace 2,500 people. So that works out, they pay about $1 per acre burned, or $2 per person displaced each. All-in-all, Utah seems like a legit place to live if you enjoy shooting explosive targets during the height of the dry season.