Man Tried To Kill a Spider With a Lighter, Started a Wildfire Instead

Man Tried To Kill a Spider With a Lighter, Started a Wildfire Instead

Man Sets 60 Acres Ablaze for RIDICULOUS Reason

( – According to the National Park Service, 85% of wildfires are caused by humans. On Monday, authorities in Utah responded to a perfect example of why. According to documents obtained by, 26-year-old Cory Allen Martin of Draper admitted to starting a massive blaze on the side of a mountain in Springville. He said he was trying to kill a spider with a lighter and ignited the landscape instead.

Firefighters found the young man at the scene and escorted him to police officers, who arrested him for reckless burning. Authorities searched Martin’s belongings, finding a jar of marijuana and related paraphernalia, which earned him additional charges.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox (R) tweeted an image of a firefighting airplane delivering what appears to be chemical retardants to the blaze, captioned with several facepalm emojis. The leader reminded his followers of the consequences of drug use — as well as burning spiders for sport.

All told, approximately 60 acres burned, closing roads in the area for long stretches. As of Thursday, the fire was 90% contained and expected to be fully doused. There’s no word on whether or not the spider survived.

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