Teen, 2 Men Strap Fireworks to Turtle, Light Fuse: Police

The suspects duct-taped two M-80 firecrackers on the turtle's back

Lancaster County Turtle Firecracker
Northern Lancaster County Regional Police

Police in Pennsylvania say two men and a 17-year-old boy are facing charges after they exploded two M-80 firecrackers on a turtle, killing the reptile.

Northern Lancaster County Regional Police said Wednesday that 21-year-old Taylor Geib, 21-year-old Austin Garner and the teen were charged with prohibited offensive weapons and criminal conspiracy.

Police said the three duct-taped two firecrackers on the turtle's shell on Aug. 3 along Penryn Road in Penn Township and lit the fuses. They're accused of also setting off a third firecracker.

Officers found a small crater with pieces of bone fragments, biological membrane and the remains of a large turtle. Witnesses were able to provide investigators with a description of the suspects as well as the truck they were driving.

It's unclear if the suspects have attorneys who could comment on the charges.

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