Gard: two children aged 10 and 12 arrested for arson

They were indicted for “destruction by fire”. They admitted to having wanted to light a campfire, but then failed to control it.

The burnt surfaces remained limited, but two children are being prosecuted in the Gard for having caused a fire in a summer at risk due to the heat and the drought. The two boys aged 10 and 12 were charged with “destruction by fire”.

In Pont-Saint-Esprit, at the confluence of the Ardèche and the Rhône, half a hectare of vegetation burned on Monday. On the indications of the neighborhood, two friends of 10 and 12 years old were arrested the next day, as reported on Twitter by the prosecutor of Nîmes.

Presented Tuesday to an investigating judge seized for “destruction by fire”, the two children were indicted, a judicial source told AFP. They admitted to having lit a campfire, which they failed to control, according to a source close to the investigation. Both boys are not at risk of being subjected to coercive measures due to their very young age.

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