From the Office of the State Fire Marshal:
HARFORD COUNTY, MD (July 24, 2014) – Deputy State Fire Marshals have charged a male Aberdeen youth, age 8, with intentionally igniting combustibles underneath playground equipment yesterday afternoon at North Deen Park located at 300 Center Deen Avenue.
Investigators quickly developed a suspect after Aberdeen Police Department received a tip from a concerned citizen. The 4:48 PM fire was quickly contained by firefighters from Aberdeen Fire Department after the youth ignited paper and the mulch directly underneath the playground equipment. Investigators determined only minor damage occurred to the city-owned playground equipment estimating damages at approximately $500. No injuries were reported during the incident.
The juvenile was charged with 2nd Degree Malicious Burning and was released to the custody of his mother pending further action by the Department of Juvenile Services.