Enhanced Arson Laws In Place

ALBERT LEA, MN — Other laws are also going into effect today in the Gopher State.

One of them is an enhanced arson law designed to stiffen penalties on wildfires that are intentionally set.

A fire that does damage or poses a threat to five or more buildings, burns 500 acres or more, or causes significant crop damage will result in a felony.

Local fire departments tell us they like the changes, especially because of how many people are affected by this crime.

“It’s such a crime that it involves many people,” Lt. Al Schallock said. “It’s a violent crime. It involves people who own buildings, property owners, those of us who are paying insurance.”

The new law carries a potential 10 year prison term and a possible 15,000 dollar fine.

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