Police Say Man Set Fire to Homes Using Flamethrower

A Georgia man set fire to two homes and two trucks using a flamethrower. He also threatened to set his friend on fire. The incident happened at or around March 4.

After a fight with his wife, Randy Weaver tried to run her over with a truck. He then set their Cartersville home on fire, Fox 5 reported on Friday, March 9.

Weaver then drove down the road to his sister’s house and tried to set her porch on fire. He threatened to set her boyfriend, Paul Gass, on fire too.

Gass said Weaver then got into his truck and crashed it into Gass’ truck. Weaver then set both trucks on fire.

The flamethrower was made using a propane tank, said Bartow County Fire Arson Investigator Sgt. Jessie Green.

“It was a propane tank that had a flame torch to it, but due to the regulator that was attached it was a flamethrower,” Green said.

“He shot it at me twice and told me he was going to burn me alive and burn us up in this house,” Gass said.

Gass said Weaver and his sister, Johnnie Michelle Houston, drove away in her car. Police are looking for them. They are believed to drive dark blue Kia with a handicap tag.

Gass said he was worried about the propane tank blowing up. A firefighter found it near the burning trucks.

“It could have seriously injured some people, anybody around if it had exploded,” said Green.

Weaver faces four counts of arson. Additional charges may follow. His sister faces charges of terroristic threats and battery stemming from a domestic dispute at her home shortly before the fires were set.

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