CHAPTER 24

FIRE IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11, DELAWARE 'CODE OF 1953, RELATING TO "CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE" BY MAKING IT A MISDEMEANOR FOR A PERSON TO CAUSE A FIRE IN A PUBLIC BUILDING, BOARDING HOUSE, ROOMING HOUSE OR HOTEL BY THE CARELESS USE OF A CIGARETTE, CIGAR OR PIPE OR OTHER INFLAMMABLE DEVICE.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Delaware:

Section 1. Title 11 of Delaware Code of 1953 relating to "Crimes and Criminal Procedure" is amended by adding a new section § 522 as follows:

§ 522. Causing a fire by careless use of cigarettes, cigars, pipes or other inflammable device

Whoever shall carelessly cause a fire to occur in a public building, boarding house, rooming house or hotel by the careless use of a cigarette, cigar, pipe or other inflammable device shall be fined not less than ten dollars ($10.00) and not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisoned not less than ten days or more than three months.

Section 2. Justices of the Peace shall have jurisdiction of this offense.

Approved March 23, 1953.