A young stoner's worst nightmare came true over the weekend when a 14-year-old allegedly sparking up some weed accidentally set a 43-acre brush fire near Saugus, sheriff's officials said.
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The teenager was arrested in the 21100 block of Altena Drive, an area where sheriff's officials believe the fire started. Deputies think the teen was sparking marijuana in a pipe and dropped the barbecue iron he used to light it, setting off the fire. The smoker and another 14-year-old, who was arrested and released, tried to stomp out the fire to no avail, authorities said.
The blaze was reported at 2 p.m. near Copper Hill Drive and Haskell Canyon Road, a county fire spokesman said. The fire was contained by 6:30 p.m.
The teens ran when they couldn't stomp out the blaze, but they were eventually picked up by deputies. The 14-year-old taken into custody was arrested on suspicion of arson.