A judge has sided with the defense in the case against a Sacramento man accused of throwing a firework into a Placer County swimming hole, sparking a wildfire. The 2012 Robbers fire burned more than 2,500 acres near Foresthill, injured an inmate firefighter and destroyed four structures after an ember from the exploding firework shot into the air and cleared a sheer rock face.
The Sacramento Bee reports that 28-year-old Bryon Craig Mason acknowledged throwing the firework. But a Placer County judge ruled earlier this month there was no evidence that a reasonable person would find it "highly probable" that a firework thrown in the swimming hole would spark a fire.