It was supposed to be a celebration to remember, and for one man, the May bachelor party will likely be just that.
Steven Shiflet is facing the possibility of prison time and a hefty fine for his alleged connection to one of Arizona's largest wildfires, ABC 15 reports.
The 23-year-old and four other men were camping near the Sycamore Creek area when the group decided to shoot at targets. After Shiflet fired a shot and the spent shell fell into a bush, smoke appeared.
Soon after the men realized they couldn't put out the fire, Shiflet reported the blaze and handed over the guns and a shotgun shell to authorities, KPHO reports.
According to a complaint obtained by The Smoking Gun, the packaging of the shotgun shell contained the following warning: "Shoots 100 feet of fire, setting everything in its path ablaze. Warning: Extreme FIRE HAZARD."
The complaint, submitted by a United States Forest Service agent, also indicated officials determined the Sunflower fire "originat[ed] from an incendiary shotgun round being fired into the vegetation adjacent to a popular camping and shooting area."
Since it began, the fire has burned some 18,000 acres of the Tonto National Forest, according to KPHO.
The Sunflower fire was one of five major wildfires to rage across Arizona in mid-May, the Associated Press reports. Officials assigned at least 280 people, six air tankers and four helicopters to combat the blaze.
Shiflet is expected to appear in court on July 13 on charges of negligently placing an ignited substance that may cause a fire, firing incendiary ammunition, and causing a fire, according to KTVK.
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