FRANKLIN, Mass. — Pat Jarvis says she no longer has a car after it burned down from a firework.
“My daughter looked, she said ‘Ma, your car’s on fire!” said Jarvis. “Of course, we’re yelling in here, there’s a fire, my daughter’s yelling at me, get away from the door.”
Police said someone threw fireworks out of their car window while driving on East Street in Franklin during the first week of July, and one of those bottle rockets got stuck in Jarvis’ car, which was parked in her driveway.
In her surveillance video you can see her car start to catch fire, and police say eventually the car was torched.
“I’m sure it wasn’t this person’s intention to catch a car on fire, but when you’re using things that are first of all illegal and second of all, are explosives, you know, dangerous things can happen and unfortunately it did,” said Sgt. Brian Johnson, with the Franklin Police Department.
Jarvis was inside her house with her family at the time, and she said one of her granddaughters has disabilities.
“Her reaction was ‘I didn’t want to die again’ because last July, she fainted and hit her head and she’s blind, she can’t walk,” said Jarvis.
Luckily, she says the fire department was quick to respond to put the car fire out before it spread to their house.
“If that fire had extended to the house, it could have been a very tragic scene,” said Sgt. Johnson.
Police are still searching for the driver who did this, and they believe that driver was in a dark-colored Toyota Corolla.
“When you watch the video, it doesn’t even appear the vehicle comes to a real stop, they just kind of drop it out the window and it just happens to shoot up the driveway, and it’s like, I don’t think you could do that again if you tried,” said Sgt. Johnson. “But that’s that unintended consequence that can be real and can be very dangerous.”
Jarvis said she was hoping that would be her last car and doesn’t know if she’ll be able to afford a new one now.
If you have any information to help police find that driver, call Franklin Police at 508-528-1212.
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