Causing or Risking Catastrophe

If a person causes a catastrophe by any number of acts for example explosion, fire, flood or avalanche, and he did so intentionally or knowingly, then the offense is a felony of the first degree with a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine. If the catastrophe was caused by a reckless act then the offense is a felony of the second degree with a maximum sentence of 10 years of incarceration and a $25,000 fine.

If a person recklessly creates a risk of catastrophe using fire, explosives or other dangerous means then the offense is a felony of the third degree with a maximum sentence of 7 years of incarceration and a $15,000 fine.

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