Stavros Mitchelides Wed Sep 13 06:44:07 UTC 2017
This is the sad aftermath of the 2016 Great Smoky Mountains Wildfires; caused by two teenage arsonists. 🔥 The fires claimed at least 14 lives, injured 134, and are one the largest natural disasters in the history of Tennessee. 🌲 The Great Smoky Mountains wildfires were the deadliest wildfires in the eastern U.S. since the Great Fires of 1947, which killed 16 people in Maine. 🔥 Two juveniles were charged with aggravated arson in connection to the fires; however, charges were later dropped due to language in an agreement between the State of Tennessee and the Department of the Interior which excluded state jurisdiction from prosecuting criminal activities that occurred entirely within the park. 🌳
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