Two men were arrested July 16 after allegedly throwing fireworks at a house near Merion Village, causing a fire.

Joseph Jeffrey Broyles and Antwan Love Householder were arrested and charged with criminal damaging, a first-degree misdemeanor, and could be facing other charges, according to a report from the Columbus Division of Fire.

The incident occurred at 11:40 p.m. July 16 at 661 Hanford St., according to a report from the fire division.

Broyles, 18, and Householder, 19, were transported to the fire division’s Fire and Explosives Investigations Unit for further questioning, reports said.

No one was injured in the fire, which caused $1,000 worth of damage, the report said.

According to the report, Columbus police were called at 11:40 p.m. on a report of young men throwing fireworks at the house and banging on the door.

Upon arrival of the first police cruiser, the officer reported a fire on the front porch extending into the house, and he called for the fire department.

Fire companies responded and extinguished the fire, and a fire investigator was called to the scene.

The resident said he called police because the two suspects had been throwing fireworks at his house and banging on the door, trying to get inside. After several minutes, he heard the window break and noticed the curtains on fire. He went to awake the other occupant, and they left the house.

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