An ANGRY homeowner has fired a flamethrower to deter pranksters trying to cover his house with toilet rolls, cops say.
Five schoolboys were allegedly pushed out of their car by three men – including one with the fiery device – who ordered them to kneel on the ground.
According to police, the teenagers from Baraboo High School in Wisconsin, USA, were driving in a jeep when the trio passed them.
It is alleged that one of the men, identified by police as John A. Kolar, shot a flamethrower into the air – which terrified the boys.
They reached a dead end and turned the car around, but as they headed down the street, Kolar triggered the device again, police say.
The other two men, William D. Bowden and James J. Langkemp, are said to have then stepped in front of the car and told them to stop.
They then allegedly pulled the boys out of the car and told them to kneel.
One of the boys told local media: “We just turned the corner on the street and the guy was there like a flamethrower and then we all kind of panicked.”
Kolar then stood over the youth with the flamethrower, which shot “two foot” long flames while the other two guys allegedly carried out a “citizen arrest.”
A police report said the students “described the blaze as quite large, illuminating half the street.”
In one clip, Kolar and Bowden could be heard yelling, “Turn the f***ing engine off now” and “put the f***ing keys where he told you to put them, mother-f***er.”
Kolar told police there had been a number of “malicious activities” in the neighborhood in the days leading up to the Oct. 5 incident.
When police asked Kolar why he wielded a flamethrower, “he hesitated and said he didn’t know.”
The Baraboo Police Department said the three men were arrested on reckless second-degree security threats, disorderly conduct and false detention.
Bowden and Langkemp were released and the charges dropped.
But Kolar has been charged with disorderly conduct and faces a court hearing on November 2.
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