Posted Thursday, September 26, 2002 4:50 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The state fire marshal said Sunday morning's fire at Wyandot Lake started when someone threw a cigarette or cigar into hay bales being stored in the bumper car building. Straw was being stored for the park's annual Halloween festival.
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A branch of the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, where my wife works, burned down two years ago. The reason? Some idiot tossed a cigarette out his window. He probably has no idea he burned down a multi-million dollar facility and deprived the city of Pickerington (30,000+ people) of its mammography facility. The equipment at that facility was the newest and most up-to-date that the hospital owned. No more orders of that equipment are being made, and the office is not going to be rebuilt.
I don't know how many times I've been behind a car and had a lit cigarette from it land on my windshield or go under my car in a flash of sparks. All it would take is a butt to land in your lap or a spark to touch some random fluid under your car to cause a real disaster.
I guess it's not enough for smokers to kill themselves.
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding. *** This post was edited by Den on 9/26/2002. ***
While I don't know about pressing charges, I do agree that the tossing around of cigarettes, lit or otherwise, is way to common in our culture and it pisses me off. I mean everywhere I go, I see these littering signs - at the beach, alongside the highway, etc. Why is it acceptable for some clown to throw thousands cigarette butts all over the place? I don't think it is, just as I don't think it should be acceptable for someone to throw something like an empty potato chip bag or other wrapper out his window.
I used to work at a store that had several smokers. Of course they couldn't smoke in the building, so they went out in front of the store and smoked. It probably looked bad enough having them smoking out there in the first place. But what did they do when they were done? Flicked the cigarette down next to the curb in front of our store. Yea, I'd really want to do business with a place that looks like a dumpster outside the door...
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I agree, tossed cigarette butts is a major pet peeve of mine. Whoever tossed the cigarette should be charged with littering as well punishment for the fire.
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Probably one of the security guards who (a) didn't call in the fire, and (b) wasn't hurt.
BTW, does anyone know where there are pictures of the damage?
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