facebook
twitter
search
search

Police: Fire god mascot set fire to float

Oct. 20, 2010 at 4:45 PM

CALIFORNIA, Pa., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania college student who portrays his school's fire god mascot is accused of setting a broken-down homecoming parade float ablaze, police said.

Investigators said James Schaffer, 20, was dressed in the costume of Vulcan, the mythical god of fire, for the California University of Pennsylvania homecoming parade and he set fire to a float that had broken down in the street once the parade was over, WTAE-TV, Pittsburgh, reported Wednesday.

Police said Schaffer was arrested and charged with arson.

A spokeswoman for the university said the student is undergoing an evaluation at a "medical facility."

"This young man is a well-known and well-liked member of the campus community. The university acknowledges the serious nature of the charges he is facing, but our immediate concern is for his health and well-being," the school said in a statement.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Paddle-boarders film great white sharks off California coast
Fridge odor at University of Kentucky sends 10 to hospital
Georgia Confederate flag parade ends in fender-bender
Massachusetts newlyweds take home $15M lottery prize
'Drink more beer' road sign sells for hundreds