Boy burned at Aspen skatepark |

Boy burned at Aspen skatepark

A boy was burned Sunday in an accident involving lighter fluid at the Rio Grande Skatepark.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m., as a group of children lit small fires with matches and a bottle of lighter fluid. Witnesses told Aspen police that some of the liquid inadvertently splashed on the boy’s leg and was ignited.

The boy was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital.

“He’s got a pretty good burn on his leg … and he’s in a lot of pain,” said Aspen Police Officer Roderick O’Conner.

Police would like to remind kids that it’s “not such a great idea” to play with matches and flammable liquids, O’Conner said. Parents should also be reminded to keep an eye on barbecue equipment, in case a bored child tries an experiment similar to the one that injured the young skateboarder.

Pitkin County recently enacted a fire ban, and children aren’t the only ones in danger when someone decides to play with fire, O’Conner said. Trees and buildings are also in peril during dry weather.

Arrests made at Smuggler kegger

A noise complaint led police to bust up an underage kegger Friday night.

Aspen police were called to the Smuggler Mobile Home Park on reports of a loud party. Officers found a number of young adults – over 18, but under 21 – drinking in a home.

Seven juveniles were arrested and charged with being a minor in possession of alcohol.

Shotgun blasts land man in jail

A Thomasville man was arrested for reckless endangerment Saturday night after allegedly firing his shotgun into the air while intoxicated.

Glen Bear, 58, discharged between five and seven shotgun blasts when he was awakened by noisy neighbors who were trespassing on his property, according to a police report. He was charged with menacing, reckless endangerment and prohibitive use of a weapon, and was transported to Pitkin County Jail.

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