Sheriff: Fireworks spark Torrance County grass fire

Grass fire

TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Fire crews are mopping up and monitoring what’s left of a grass fire just east of Moriarty.

It happened Tuesday afternoon and officials say this fire was no accident.

Torrance County Sheriff Heath White says multiple people called in at about 2 p.m. to report the fire and who they believe started it.

Witnesses say a white sedan was seen shooting Roman Candles from the car windows. Witnesses told authorities the occupants of the vehicle appeared to be teens. The fireworks ignited a series of four fires that blended into one.

Strong wind made it difficult for fire crews to get the fire under control. The fire spread a couple of miles along the interstate but crews were ultimately able to stop it.

As far as suspects, the sheriff says there was not a good description of who they were and say they could be long gone by now.

Firefighters will be out there overnight to make sure the fire doesn’t restart.

 

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