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Fireworks left on North County porch in 'ding dong ditch' prank

Posted at 10:59 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 09:29:03-05

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) -- A North County family has a message for a prankster who lit a firework on their doorstep.

The Bennetts family's security video caught what appeared to be a teenager lighting a firework and setting it down on the porch of their San Marcos home last Friday night. The teen is then seen ringing the doorbell before running off.

“I don’t know exactly what kind of firework it was. But it made a pretty big boom,” homeowner Melanie Bennetts said.

She said there was a bench with pillows on their porch that could have caught on fire.

Her husband was home at the time but didn’t answer the door. The Bennetts’ have two teenagers, but they did not recognize the young man in the security video.

Bennetts said kids have egged and toilet-papered their house in the past. She doesn’t make a big deal about it because she understands kids will be kids. But in this case, she hopes kids and parents take note of the incident, and that it becomes a lesson that some actions could have serious consequences.

“We live in Southern California where fire is not a joke,” she said.