Israeli wildfire is worst in nation's history
December 6th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Police detain boy, 14, in Israel wildfire investigation

Police who are investigating a major wildfire in Israel have detained a 14-year-old boy who admitted smoking a water pipe in the woods near his village, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

The boy said he panicked and ran to school after the fire started. Two other teenagers who had been detained Monday have been released, Rosenfeld said.

The fire, which broke out Thursday, killed at least 41 people and forced the evacuations of about 17,000 people and scorched over 10,000 acres around Haifa, Israel's third largest city, before it was doused.

Most of the 41 victims were cadets in Israel's prison service who arrived Thursday to help evacuate 500 inmates from the Damon prison near Haifa.

The fire had also threatened businesses, tourism and one of Israel's greenest regions, Mount Carmel.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Water pipe??? You mean smoking weed, crack as in bong...you mean bonging...illicit drug use brought the whole forest down...meaning drug problem in Israeli youth. This fourteen year old needs some old fashion rehab butt whipping.

    December 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Water pipe is not the same as a bong. Water pipes are very common in the Middle East. They put tobacco in them and burn with a hot coal. You can find them in the States in Middle East hangouts. I’ve seen a lot Americans who smoke it and they are not Middle Eastern either. You can have marijuana in a water pipe but chances are it was just tobacco. I’m not saying that I endorse smoking a water pipe. Smoking one is still bad for your health.

      December 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      @Pete, Sorry, that story don't jel or jive...just buy a cigarette and light. No one runs from a cigarette...but weed...plenty people run when getting caught with weed or drug use...I'm sticking with the weed factor! He could have called the fire dept anonymously, oh I start a fire while smoking tobacco...but he didn't...running indicate illicit behavior...smells like stinking weed to me!

      December 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Mmmmm: The guy smoked a NARGILE. If you're interested try to google a description of this device. Below is a link to one of such sites:

      yurdan.com/yrdn/browse.aspx?BC=YRDN_Gifts;Gifts_Nargile

      December 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    That blows. You people shouldn't be so quick to judge ... Mt Carmel needed a good cleansing ... too bad individuals have to take the blame for building events that will blow sooner or later.

    December 6, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      But it wasn't a bolt of lightning...it was a 14 year old who need a rehab butt whipping!

      December 6, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    The israeli police should do a drug screen panel before letting this child go. Weed stays in the body a very long time...this child may need rehab...and a butt whipping...

    December 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    What about this boy's parents? When kids act out like this, generally there are problems at home. Parent's are responsible for their children, aren't they?

    December 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    Shisha...hookah... etc. is very common in the Middle East. It is usually flavored tobacco, and has nothing to do with marijuana. Most cities in the States these days have a hookah bar.

    December 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      So it's ok for a 14 year old to go to a hook er...I mean hookah bar? Is that the same flavored tobacco sprayed with drugs and chemical to solicit a buzz and high. The boy really does need a "buttah" whipping!

      December 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Those flavored tobacco is equivalent to huffing will kill many brain cells...some are laced with cannabinoids.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    I'm not sure, but based on the past several comments I think Mmmmm might think that this boy needs a butt whipping.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Avi Shlomo

    Forest fire is always a tragedy but it is amusing that Israel would not name the boys. If they were Palestinians it would have been labeled an act of terrorism. There is a fire now in the mounatins of Beirut and I do not hear any cries about it. I guess it does not matter when a tragedy inflicts our cousins.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      "If they were Palestinians it would have been labeled an act of terrorism. "

      Hardly. Terrorism is not about WHO did it but about WHY he or she did it. Terrorism is DELIBERATE attacking of non-combatants with political goals.

      December 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      Thinker and if we do it we calll collatoral damage!!

      December 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Avi Shlomo: "And if we do it..."

      No, we don't. Tim McVeigh was one of those "we" who did it in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 and somehow I do not recall that those 168 people, including 19 children, that he murdered were called "collateral damage". Still, you may ask someone to explain the meaning of the word 'DELIBERATE' to you.

      December 6, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. henho

    Mmmmm, can't you think of a better way to spend your day off from work.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. buddah

    I agree it such sad incident but I'm also glad it wasn't a Palestinian boy because it will be called an act of terrorism then someone will get bombed

    December 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avi Shlomo

      Well Said!!

      December 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. buddah

    well said I'm just glad nobody is going to be bombed

    December 6, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. B. A.

    Geez. Trouble making young ones all over the planet. What can they do to this stupid jerk kid? Maybe make him work day and night replanting and building and cleaning and speaking to others to not be so stupid and callous. What a damn shame.

    December 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. phil

    Even if the kid didn't do it on purpose, his parents should be held accountable. The city of Los Angeles started making parents clean-up their kid's dimented "artwork" from public structures to help solve the problem. The little brats weren't going to clean it up. If this 14 yr. old's parents can't afford to pay for the damages, they can work it off doing public service.

    December 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. really?

    3 words people – Smokey the Bear

    December 7, 2010 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...like yoogie the bear better!

      December 7, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Mmmmm here. Um... hi?

      December 7, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mmmmm

    I am not Mmmmm

    December 7, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Peter

    No Mmmmm. A water pipe is a very common thing in the ME. I'm not a smoker but it is different from a cigarrete although still dangerous to one's health. People in the ME use it as a social activity like some do with smoking a cigar on social occasions or having a glass of bourbon as recreation. It doesn't mean you are getting high. Americans would just get a cigarette but for Middle Easterners this is what they do if they want to hang out.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |