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Wannabe Weatherman Arrested for Starting Wildfire to Get Facebook Views

"He enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff"

An aspiring weatherman was arrested in Kentucky this week after intentionally setting a wildfire in order to film it and get more Facebook views.

Johnny Mullins, 21, was arrested and charged with second-degree arson, the Associated Press reported. He often posted video segments that he called “Weather Outlook,” NBC News reported. His final video got 2,900 views.

“It’s really too bad because he’s not a bad kid — he’s just misguided,” said James Stephens, the police chief in Jenkins, Kentucky. “He enjoyed the attention he got from the Facebook stuff.”

Wildfires have broken out across the Southeast this month in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia. Authorities suspect arson might have been a factor in more than 20 of them, according to the AP.

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