A 7-year-old boy is accused of using a lighter to start a fire that severely damaged a playground, according to Lancaster Police. The unidentified child says he burned some rubber pellets on the ground, and he tried unsuccessfully to stomp out the flames. The boy was found at home with his mom after a witness spotted him riding his bike near the playground. The boy admitted that he did it when investigators mentioned to him that his shoes smelled like smoke.
Firefighters estimated the fire caused $25,000 in damage.