TN man charged in RI with motel fireworks
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A man from Tennessee has been charged with setting off fireworks in his motel room in Rhode Island, prompting a partial evacuation of the motel.
Craig Berke a spokesman for the state court system, says Matthew Parker of Nashville was arraigned Monday in Kent County District Court on felony charges of arson and use or possession of Class C fireworks.
Parker did not enter a plea and was ordered held on $25,000 bail.
No one was injured early Sunday morning when Parker allegedly set off a Roman candle inside a guest room at a Comfort Inn in Warwick.
Warwick Police Capt. Sean Collins says Parker told police it was an accident that happened when he was using his lighter in the vicinity of the device.
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