Charge dropped in July 4th firework blaze

Charges were dismissed against Richard Otterstrom who was wrongly accused of causing a July 4th fire that badly damaged a home in Cottonwood Heights.  “We feel that a redaction should be issued as an apology to my client who was wrongly accused, “ said Otterstrom’s lawyer, Nathan A. Crane.

A police investigation on the case “was inadequate,” and many others in that neighborhood were lighting off fireworks some of which were much closer to the fire than Otterstrom.  No one disputed Otterstrom lit aerial fireworks on the evening of July 4th, and no one disputed the fireworks were legal, but Otterstrom did not cause the fire that damaged the grass field or home.  For the full story visit  KUTV.