OK, so the kid probably didn’t paraphrase Charlton Heston, but just wait. You know some TV cop show is going to use this as the theme of the week.

Police said it seems that a 3-year-old was able to operate a handheld blowtorch and set fires in his family’s garage and on a neighbor’s porch in Shenango Township, Lawrence County. Firefighters were called at about 9:30 a.m. Friday to extinguish the flames.

Township police said somebody reported seeing the boy walking on Route 388, carrying the blowtorch and wearing only a T-shirt.

“The torch itself in the propane tank has safety switches, and the child was able to manipulate them and turn the torch on,” said Shenango Township Police Patrolman Darrin Cwynar.

Police said the boy burned a porch swing, a broom, a sliding door, a deck and a knob on a septic tank and singed an igniter on a gas grill.

  1. sargasso_c says:

    Personally, I blame this entirely on the Obama Administration.

  2. dsheeks says:

    Let me guess, the kid’s name is Damian and he has an unusual birth mark on his head.

  3. Uncle Dave says:

    Sargassy (sorry, I couldn’t resist),

    I’m waiting for Alfred the Taxman to claim the kid is a Tea Party member practicing how he’ll burn down the evil progressives, or some such drivel.

  4. ECA says:

    A 3 year old had..
    access to a TORCH?
    Figured out HOW to start it?
    DIDNT burn them-self?
    HAD abit of fun and then….
    Ran down the freeway?

    930 friday morning…
    Mother had just gotten off work and was sleeping..

    It used to be nice when we had SINGLE iNCOME families.

  5. [fake] Dallas says:

    # 1 sargasso – I blame this entirely on the Obama Administration.

    Actually, this is entirely the fault of the Cheney administration!

  6. Dallas says:

    .. walking on Route 388, carrying the blowtorch and wearing only a T-shirt.

    Again, why straights shouldn’t be allowed to raise children.

  7. bobbo, the Republicans are out to Destroy the Middle Class says:

    I had a fascination with fire as a kiddie and set fire to a few things with matches–including I think the garage. Mom and Dad were concerned and didn’t know what to do. Praise the Lord, I grew out of it without any intervention and no insurance claims.

    Who knows how/why our lives go in certain directions and not others?

    Be thankful for all that is easily overlooked.

  8. Dallas says:

    #9 You should come out of the closet.

    Your fascination with my comments is becoming very obvious and a bit creepy. The government has likely already tagged you as ‘special’ anyway.

  9. Pedro's Pet Donkey, says:

    pedro, you slimy bastard. You know you love the dick. You love the big dick in your butt and another big dick in your mouth. Come on, admit it. Tell the people how you are preparing your butt for a new world’s record.

  10. GregAllen says:

    Three years old? Super hard to imagine.

    Maybe some older kids lit it for him and then ran?

    Hmmm. I think this story needs a BS meter on yellow, anyway.

  11. GregAllen says:

    >> Pedro’s Pet Donkey,

    Dude, that was just creepy.

  12. Alphie's confused donkey says:


    You don’t know creepy. Its how the guinea pigs crawl up pedro’s ass. They creep.

  13. Mobsey says:

    Obviously this child need to be tried for attempted murder as an adult.


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