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Austin officials seeking suspect who tossed firework, igniting homeless couple's tent

The AFD said someone threw a lit firework from a moving car at Airport and I-35.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Fire Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect who tossed a lit firework from a moving car, which in return ignited a homeless couple's tent.

Officials said the incident happened on July 17 at 2:45 p.m. at the off-ramp from North Interstate Highway 35 to Airport Boulevard.

The firework landed on the pavement and lit grass and the tent on fire.

KVUE's Pattrik Perez spoke with the couple whose tent was destroyed. Arlene Page and her boyfriend said not only did they lose the tent, but they also lost their bed and some of their clothes.

Page believes they were targeted, and it's not the first time someone has targeted them.


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The Austin Fire Department said it would be "pure speculation" on their end to suggest whether they were targeted.

If you may have seen the vehicle responsible or know any further information, call the AFD's arson office at 512-974-0240.

Credit: Austin Fire Department

Arlene and her boyfriend said St. George's Episcopal Church donated a new tent to them. A passerby also donated a tent.


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