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Albany 14 year old charged in false alarm fire calls

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A 14-year old Albany boy is charged with calling in 20 false fire alarms to the Albany Fire Department in recent weeks.

Juvenile petitions were filed charging the boy with calling in the false alarms from October 3rd through October 18th.

Investigators say he blocked his number.

Officials say they filed charges because the false alarms endanger the public.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "When we take vehicles out of service to run prank calls, then not only do we endanger the citizens by responding in a 10-18 manner, which is lights and sirens. But we also take the vehicles out of service where they are needed."

Fire officials say they will prosecute anyone who makes repeated false alarm calls.

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