SPANISH FORK — Officials are calling the launching of one firework a "criminal act" after it completely destroyed a barn and its contents in Spanish Fork.
The fire started about midnight Sunday morning on River Road. A social media post from the Utah County fire marshal said someone lit off a firework near a hay barn, causing a fire that destroyed the barn and more than 100 tons of hay.
The fire occurred in a restricted firework area and the fire marshal is investigating along with the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
"This was a criminal act. Hay is impossible to get this year," the fire marshal said on Facebook Sunday. "With the water situation it can't be grown to replace it this year. This should be feeding cattle this winter rather than being destroyed by reckless behavior."
The post said if anyone knows someone who "left home with a firework and came home ... smelling like burnt hay, shame and regret," to contact the Utah County Sheriff's Office.