Utah man accused of causing wildfire by burning a spider

According to a Utah Sheriff's Sgt., it is still unclear why the guy initially stopped and chose to destroy the spider.

On suspicion of lighting a wildfire while attempting to burn a spider with a lighter, a guy from Utah has been detained.

According to a probable cause statement, Cory Allan Martin, 26, told investigators that he saw the spider on Monday while hiking in the foothills south of Salt Lake City close to the city of Springville. While he admitted lighting the fire, he remained silent about his motivation for attempting to kill the spider.

Although deputies discovered a marijuana jar in his possession, he didn't appear to be intoxicated, according to Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

Although there is no proof that he purposefully sparked the fire, Cannon termed it a careless and perplexing choice. Extreme drought conditions have left this region and the majority of Utah bone dry.

We don't know what caused him to stop, observe a spider, and decide to try to burn it, Cannon said. There might not be a reason. He may not even understand why.

According to court records, Martin was detained on suspicion of careless burning, in possession of marijuana, and having drug paraphernalia.

On a bond of about $2,000, he was in the Utah County prison on Tuesday. It was uncertain if he had legal representation.

According to fire officials, the wildfire rapidly climbed the mountain and, as of Tuesday, had only consumed less than 1 square mile (1 square kilometer) of land. There were no damaged homes.

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