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Fireworks start grass fire

Police say that a fire that burned 7 acres in Spencer Township late Wednesday afternoon was started by two young men lighting off fireworks.

The Kent County Sheriff Department and Spencer Fire responded to a grass fire near Keller Avenue and 16 Mile Rd NE a little after 3 p.m. Spencer called in Sand Lake, Courtland Township, Oakfield Township, Cedar Springs, and the Maple Valley Fire Departments to provide water and help put out the blaze. It consumed about 7 acres of grassy land and came within 75 yards of several homes.

Police said the fire was caused by fireworks being lit on a trail that follows power lines. A 20-year-old male and an 18-year-old male were charged with reckless use of fireworks, which is a misdemeanor.

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