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609.576 Negligent fires; dangerous smoking.

Subdivision 1. Negligent fire resulting in injury or property damage. Whoever is grossly negligent in causing a fire to burn or get out of control thereby causing damage or injury to another, and as a result thereof:

(a) a human being is injured and great bodily harm incurred, is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced to imprisonment of not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both; or

(b) property of another is injured, thereby, is guilty of a crime and may be sentenced as follows:

(1) to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine of not more than $700, or both, if the value of the property damage is under $300;

(2) to imprisonment for not more than one year, or to payment of a fine of $3,000, or both, if the value of the property damaged is at least $300 but is less than $2,500;

(3) to imprisonment for not more than three years, or to payment of a fine of not more than $5,000, or both, if the value of the property damaged is $2,500 or more.

Subd. 2. Dangerous smoking. A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if the person smokes in the presence of explosives or inflammable materials. If a person violates this subdivision and knows that doing so creates a risk of death or bodily harm or serious property damage, the person is guilty of a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

HIST: 1976 c 124 s 7; 1977 c 355 s 10; 1981 c 107 s 1; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11; 1985 c 141 s 5; 1989 c 5 s 8; 1989 c 290 art 6 s 20; 1993 c 326 art 5 s 9; 2001 c 155 s 1