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Jasper County Sheriff: 2 men arrested on arson charges for starting fires with fireworks

Thomas Boyette (Source: Jasper County Jail) Thomas Boyette (Source: Jasper County Jail)
Trent Nugent (Source: Jasper County Jail) Trent Nugent (Source: Jasper County Jail)
JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Two men, both 19, found themselves in the Jasper County Jail Monday afternoon after a motorist traveling behind them saw them tossing fireworks out of their pickup and called 911.

The fireworks started three fires in heavily wooded areas at the intersection of County Road 715 and 716, according to Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman.

Thomas Boyette and Trent Nugent, both of Buna, were each booked into the Jasper County Jail on a second degree felony arson charge. Each man’s bail amount was set at $5,000.

Newman said a motorist traveling behind the two young men saw them tossing fireworks out of their pickup. One of the three fires that were started by the fireworks was near an oil and gas well, Newman said.

The Jasper County sheriff said that he believes Boyette and Nugent were playing pranks, but with the dry weather East Texas has been having recently, fires are a huge concern.

"It's been a little dry this spring, with low humidity and the wind, the fire can get out of hand and destroy a lot of property," Newman said. "Plus when you have a fire, firefighters have to risk their lives to put this things out," Newman said.

Both Nugent and Boyette told police that they threw out a form of fireworks called Artillery Shells in three different areas. The duo then told police that they didn't think they were doing anything wrong and tried to actually put the fires out themselves. When they couldn't get the fires extinguished, they called the fire department for help.

"Everybody is trying to get out there before it (fire) gets out of control," Newman said. "They didn't use their head at all. Now they're sitting in jail with a felony which is going to affect them for the rest of their lives."

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