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Fireworks start grass fire

Police said that a fire that burned 7 acres in Spencer Township last 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., on July 18. 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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