Authorities have identified the two men responsible for the fire that caused 50 million dollars in damage to the Patrick Cudahy facility, and at a press conference yesterday, authorities noted the fire did not appear to be intentionally set. According to the mother of the two men, they were having fun at a barbecue and “they were just being idiots” when they fired a military-grade flare into the air. In addition to the military flare, the two brothers were also alleged to have been lighting firecrackers and bottle rockets most of the nights. While the intent of these two individuals may not have been to cause 50 million dollars in damage to the Patrick Cudahy plant, they had to know what they were doing was illegal. Standard, non-military fireworks are illegal throughout Milwaukee County, and I’m willing to bet the younger of the two brothers – who happens to be a Marine – knew he wasn’t supposed to take and use military equipment in a non-military setting.
These two brothers may not be guilty of arson, but they’re certainly guilty of something, and they deserve to be held accountable to the fullest extent the law will allow for the tremendous amount of damage they’ve caused.