Alleged flame-thrower use leads to citations |

Alleged flame-thrower use leads to citations

Adam Jensen

Nevada’s Burning Man Festival is known for its freedom and its fiery finale, but a 43-year-old Tahoma man was cited after bringing a slice of the festival to the West Shore of Lake Tahoe last week.

An El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy cited the man after he allegedly discharged a flame-throwing device in the middle of Tahoma’s Bellevue Avenue at about 10 p.m. July 31. He apparently had used the device at the festival.

The flame-thrower consisted of a large propane tank and a second tank of compressed air, and reportedly shot fire 50 feet into the air, according to a deputy’s report.

“He kept telling me he knew what he was doing, and it would be fine,” the deputy stated in the report.

The man was cited for placing flaming material on a county roadway, which carries a fine of $100 to $1,000.

He also was cited for possession of a flame-thrower without a permit, which carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $10,000 fine, according to California law.

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Police confiscated the device, although a section of hose and a control valve later were returned, the report indicated.

— Two bicyclists suffered major injuries after they collided at the intersection of Tahoe Mountain and Forest Mountain boulevards at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a California Highway Patrol officer said Wednesday.

One victim was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, and the other was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

Both victims – a man and a woman – were described as local residents by CHP Officer Desi Timmerman.

— Women reported a rash of purse thefts in the Stateline casino corridor July 26, according to Douglas County sheriff’s reports.

Three women reported having their purses stolen from bathrooms at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Resort Casino and MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

During two of the incidents, a thief allegedly took a purse from over a bathroom stall or a bathroom counter as a woman was distracted. In the third incident, a woman realized she had left the purse in the bathroom but found it missing when she returned to get it.

Police believe the three incidents are connected and suspect a couple driving a green, four-door, older-model Saturn missing its back window may be linked to the thefts.

— South Lake Tahoe police are treating a fire at a residence on Susie Lake Road last week as suspicious. Details were not immediately available Wednesday, but the investigation into the fire is continuing, Sgt. Jeff Reagan said.