On July 4, two men were arrested for throwing a firework from a vehicle and starting a fire along Highway 34 according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.
At 4:14 p.m., deputies were dispatched to aid the Fire Department in Alsea and Oregon Department of Forestry fire crews with a fire that had been started by fireworks on Highway 34 around milepost 31. This fire was quickly taken care of but burned an estimated 0.64 acres on the east and west side of the road.
Over two hours later, the sheriff’s office said that deputies were notified that a witness reported a firework being thrown from a blue sedan while two men in the car laughed and drove away.
A deputy from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office caught up to the suspected vehicle at around 8:45 p.m., on Highway 34 near milepost 4, while conducting a traffic stop. The deputy saw illegal fireworks in the car, and according to the Sheriff’s office, both the driver, Tyler Weeks, and passenger, Tristan Forrest, admitted to setting off illegal fireworks.
Weeks and Forrest were then booked into the Benton County Jail with the charges of second-degree arson, reckless burning, possession of illegal fireworks, first-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree disorderly conduct.