2 Michigan teens charged in causing grass fire that killed 4 calves

Posted at 3:16 PM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 15:50:29-04

A young man and a 16-year-old boy are facing charges after authorities say they shot fireworks that sparked a grass fire and killed four calves along a road in rural Michigan.

The Sanilac County sheriff's office says 19-year-old Adam Grifka and the 16-year-old, whose name wasn't released, face arson, malicious destruction of property and fireworks violations charges. Both are from Ubly. They're due back in court next month.

The sheriff's office says fireworks shot from a moving vehicle started the fire July 28 in Greenleaf Township, about 85 miles (137 kilometers) north of Detroit. Hutches that provide shelter for animals also were damaged.

Defense attorney Daniel Damman says there was no malicious intent to harm any animals or damage any property, and that both his clients "feel intense remorse for the unintended consequences that their actions caused."