Orem man accused of spraying fire ball at wife, child


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OREM -- Police in Orem arrested a man they say sprayed his wife and child with a 12-inch fire ball.

The Deseret News reports 32-year-old Michael Lee Anderson got into an argument with his wife Friday. She confronted Anderson when she noticed about 15 pills missing from his prescription bottle of Xanax.

Police say Anderson threatened to break her legs and take their three children.

The next day, police say Anderson lit a match and sprayed cologne toward his wife, who was holding one of their children, creating the fireball. She stepped away from the flame and was not injured.

She called police. Anderson tried to drive away but couldn't because his car's battery was dead.

Police say Anderson's speech was very slurred when they arrested him. He's being held in the Utah County Jail for investigation of two charges of aggravated assault.

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