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Posted on: September 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] City Dedicates Reward Money for Tips that Lead to Arson Arrests

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The City of East Lansing has dedicated reward money for information leading to the arrest of anyone setting illegal fires within the city limits.

Over the past several years, City officials and first responders have witnessed a dangerous trend of fires being set to couches/furniture or trash in City streets, alleyways and other areas throughout the community. The fires are usually set in conjunction with large sporting events such as MSU football and basketball games.

Last week, after the MSU football win against Oregon, there were seven fires set in the City of East Lansing, primarily in student areas. These fires are extremely dangerous to bystanders in the area, but also to first responders that are called to extinguish them. Responding to these fires multiple times in a single night can also affect the response time to those in the community in need of medical attention.

The City of East Lansing is determined to hold those responsible for continuing to set these illegal fires and the public’s help is being sought. Anyone with information/evidence is asked to call 1-877-ELPD-TIP or send an email to

The amount of reward will depend on the information given and the charges issued. Tips can remain anonymous.

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