Utah Man Accused Of Starting Huge Wildfire While Trying To Burn A Spider

Police have arrested a man in Utah who is accused of causing a massive wildfire when out hiking by attempting to kill a spider.

Cory Allan Martin is being held in jail on a $2000 bond
Cory Allan Martin is being held in jail on $2000 bail

Police said that the suspect told officers that he had tried to burn a spider while out on a hike. Utah is currently suffering from severe drought conditions which caused the fire to spread quickly.


Police from the Utah County Sheriff's Office arrested the man in Springville on Monday after he explained to officers that he had attempted to burn the spider with a lighter.


26-year-old Cory Allan Martin, from Draper, Utah, told authorities he was hiking in the foothills south of Salt Lake City when he spotted the eight-legged creature.


Mr Martin offered up no explanation as to why he was trying to burn the spider in the first place.



Police said that they found drug paraphernalia and marijuana in his rucksack following his arrest. Sergeant Spencer Cannon said that there was no evidence suggesting that Mr Martin intentionally started the fire.


Sergeant Cannon described his actions as puzzling and reckless. He said: "What led him to stop and notice a spider and decide to try to burn it, we don't know. "There may not be a why. He might not even know why."


Martin is currently detained in police custody on $2,000 bail.


The wildfire spread quickly up the mountain and had burned just less than 1 square mile as of Tuesday, according to the fire department.


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