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CPD: Flaming juggling act in park goes awry

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You just can’t make this stuff up.

Well, maybe Monty Python could.

A Chesterton resident practicing his flaming juggling act in Thomas Centennial Park on Saturday night managed to ignite his equipment and start a small fire, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, at 9:23 p.m. officers were dispatched to the park to investigate an open-burn complaint. On their arrival, they were approached by a 36-year-old man who told this story.

He was in Thomas Centennial practicing his juggling routine.

He lit his juggling torches and was twirling them through the air when a flaming piece of one of the torches flew off.

It landed on an open can of camping fuel which the man had set on a table in the park.

The resulting conflagration ignited other bits of his equipment, which the juggler promptly brushed off the table.

And causing his can of fuel to spill on the ground and set fire to the rest of his gear.

The juggling paraphernalia—most of it plastic—subsequently melted into the brickwork.

Firefighters arrived on the scene and doused the fire.

Two hours and 37 minutes later—just for the record—National Fire Prevention Safety Week began.



Posted 10/8/2012