Authorities: Man throws firecrackers under sleeping child’s bed as ‘prank’


CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) — Authorities in Florida say man who lit firecrackers and threw them under a sleeping child’s bed called it a “prank gone wrong.”

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post deputies responded to a home on Godfrey Street Saturday morning.

The homeowner told deputies 44-year-old Matthew Morrison lives in a tent outside and went into the house without permission. Morrison threw a string of lit firecrackers under a bed where a 9-year-old was sound asleep. He then chased Morrison out of the home with a stick, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said the little girl reportedly she woke up to the sound of fireworks exploding in her room, causing her to be frightened, cry, and shake.

When OCSO deputies detained, Morrison they found about two grams of methamphetamine in his pants pocket, the sheriff’s office said.

Morrison was charged with burglary, child cruelty without great harm, and possession of a controlled substance.

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