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Teen Steals Mom's Car To Buy Fireworks, Sets It On Fire (Photos)

| by Michael Doherty
A Roman candle.A Roman candle.

A 14-year-old boy in Washington state stole his mother's SUV and bought fireworks -- subsequently accidentally setting the vehicle on fire.

The Skyway teen drove the car with friends to a shop to buy fireworks on July 4, according to KCPQ. The group began playing with the fireworks when they got home, and one flew into an open window in the car, setting the SUV ablaze.

"This morning, a 14-year-old boy took his mom's car without her knowing, picked up friends and bought fireworks," said Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

"They ... came home, parked the car in the driveway," said West. "One of the windows was open and during a Roman candle fight, a firework went into the window and lit the car on fire."

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West added that in King County it is illegal to sell fireworks to anyone under the age of 16.

Images that were shared by the local fire department show the massive damage that the car suffered from the fire.

Police are investigating the incident, though the mother is reportedly not pressing charges for the damage. No injuries were reported in the incident.

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In October 2016, an 11-year-old girl in Florida led police on a chase after she stole her mother's SUV, WPLG reported.

The girl's mother had given her the car keys, asking her to get a book out of the car. When the mom checked a few minutes later, both the car and her daughter had disappeared.

Police chased the girl in the SUV through the city of Sunrise until she eventually crashed into another car.

Richard Champagne said that the SUV had collided with his BMW as he was driving to visit his family.

"I tried my best to avoid her," said Champagne. "I hope that she's OK, because I'm pretty sure that this accident could have been worse."

Champagne's windshield hit his head and cracked, and the airbags went off in his car.

The young girl, who was hospitalized as a cautionary measure, was charged by police with fleeing and eluding police, aggravated fleeing, and driving without a license.

Driving ages vary from state to state, with most states allowing teens to apply for a learner's permit at 15 or 16, according to VeryWell. Young drivers with learner's permits often have restrictions on times of day that they can drive and the number of passengers that they can have.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Drivers aged from 16 to 19 are almost three times as likely to be involved in a fatal car crash as compared to drivers who are 20 or older.

Sources: KCPQ, WPLG, VeryWell, CDC / Photo Credit: David Mertl/Flickr, Skyway Fire via KCPQ

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