Reckless Burning or Exploding

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What is “Reckless Burning and Exploding,” Exactly?

Our criminal defense lawyers look forward to explaining all your rights and options at this time. In the meantime, here is the answer to the above question based on the actual language from the Pennsylvania statute governing Reckless Burning and Exploding. This was current as of July 2010. Our law firm is primarily in the business of fighting for defendants’ rights; we are not in the business of updating websites, but wanted to at least give you some information for educational purposes, only. You should talk to an attorney for legal advice to fully learn your rights in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.

(d) RECKLESS BURNING OR EXPLODING.– A person commits a felony of the third degree if he intentionally starts a fire or causes an explosion, or if he aids, counsels, pays or agrees to pay another to cause a fire or explosion, whether on his own property or on that of another, and thereby recklessly:

(1) places an uninhabited building or unoccupied structure of another in danger of damage or destruction; or

(2) places any personal property of another having a value that exceeds $ 5,000 or if the property is an automobile, airplane, motorcycle, motorboat or other motor-propelled vehicle in danger of damage or destruction.

(D.1) DANGEROUS BURNING.– A person commits a summary offense if he intentionally or recklessly starts a fire to endanger any person or property of another whether or not any damage to person or property actually occurs.

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