Police Have Suspect In Custody in Bonfire Explosion
January 23, 2003 at 11:16 PM CST - Updated June 16 at 2:33 AM
(Jackson, MO)--The man accused of throwing a gasoline can into a bonfire is behind bars.
Police say 22 year old Jerry Self, Junior turned himself into the Cape Girardeau Sheriff's Department around 1:00 p.m. Police charge him with 14 counts of second degree assault. He remains in the county jail on a $75,000 bond.
According to police, Self attended a bonfire party in Cape Girardeau January 18th. Police accuse Self of throwing the gas can into the fire, causing at least 14 people to be covered in gas and flames. Thirteen of them suffered second degree burns, while a Cape Girardeau County woman was air lifted to St. Louis with third degree burns.
"All I remember is standing by the bonfire and seeing my face on fire and falling to the ground," Staci Richardson said.
Richardson underwent skingraph surgery to repair burns on her legs. She hopes to be out of the hospital next week.