`A house owned by Drake University has sustained some $50,000 damage in a bottle rocket war.
Four young men have been charged with reckless use of fire, a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
“They were playing around with fireworks like a lot of the rest of us have done at one time or another,” said Des Moines Police Detective Jack Kamerick. “They are all good kids. But if you’re going to have a bottle rocket war it would be a lot better to do it outside. It would still be illegal but at least you wouldn’t burn up a house.”‘