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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Boy, 3, with blowtorch causes chaos

US police say a three-year-old boy armed with a blowtorch went on a trail of destruction that caused £3,000 of damage.

The little boy set fires in his family's garage and on a neighbour's porch in Shenango Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, reports WTAE.com.

Township police said a passer-by had reported seeing the boy walking down the road, carrying the handheld blowtorch and wearing only a T-shirt.

"The torch itself in the propane tank has safety switches, and the child was able to manipulate them and turn the torch on," said police patrolman Darrin Cwynar.

Police said the boy burned a porch swing, a broom, a sliding door, a deck and a knob on a septic tank and singed an igniter on a gas grill.
Shenango Township police chief Dave Rishel said: "The torch was right near the grill and the results could have been devastating, just could have been devastating.

"Fortunately, the child was not burned in any way, shape or form. That in itself is a miracle."

Police said the boy's mother was asleep in the house, exhausted after having worked a midnight shift, and the father was at work.

No charges have been filed while an investigation continues by police and social workers.

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