Father of Boy Who Fell into Huntington Beach Fire Pit Sues City

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​While flying a kite at Huntington City Beach last April, 6-year-old Seth Richardson fell backward into a fire pit and suffered third degree burns. 

His father, Jason Richardson, is now suing the city because the fire pit was broken. Photos taken by police officers show that the particular pit was damaged--an entire side of it had deteriorated into the sand. Jason wants $500,000 to cover his son's medical bills, the Orange County Register reports. 

The suit is bad news for those who love the pits and all the s'mores and fireside makeout sessions that come with them. Some city officials have been trying to remove the pits for years to help with budget cuts. 
  
In Newport Beach, the City Council could vote tonight on whether to remove 60 fire pits from city beaches. 

In the meantime, a quick warning to all parents: Fire is hot. 

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hotfoot
hotfoot

i wonder what  kind of new car dad has in mind?  Oh that's right, he's just trying to teach the city a lesson and protect other kite flying kids.  Shame on me!

Mjkennedy56
Mjkennedy56

Too bad about the child ...BUT ...those fire pits were installed in the early 60's. Over 50 years of people enjoying a time old tradition. It's done ! it's over !  Never ever will it be enjoyed again! You can't blame the city ...you see ... something has changed through the years ..it's about lawyers blaming everyone but the responsible person for an accident.   How is HB going to defend themselves against today's mentality of "Hey ..I know it's my fault, but a lawyer will make it someone elses fault ..and if he get's money then so can I"   Newport Beach just voted last night to remove all 70 of theirs. Sad.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Even flying a kite takes some knowledge. #1 rule: Don't run to try to get the kite up, particularly backward. If there's not enough wind to get it up by just holding it in the air stream it probably won't fly anyway. Running without watching where you go is just plain stupid whether there are broken fire rings around or not. But oh no, it's not the kid's fault and sure not the father's fault for not properly supervising the kid. Sniff, sniff, "I love the smell of money in the morning, it smells like ... victory" (apologies to the writers of Apocalypse Now).

909Jeff
909Jeff

I love that movie.... Kilgore is my favorite character... "Charlie Dont Surf!" 

But on to the matter at hand... Even in the register the majority (as of my last check, EVERY) of comments are that they need to take personal responsibility.  We just need to realize that people are gonna do stupid shit... we cant protect them from everything.  I hope the city doesnt settle and sees this through but I have little faith in that. 

Bill T.
Bill T.

Yah, that's one place Europeans largely have it over the U. S. You wanna be stupid?  OK, just don't come crying when you stub your toe.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Sorry 'bout your toes, I know how much that hurts, you betcha.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Well to be fair I was going to pick up happy meals for our nieces... Thats what I get for feeding them crap instead of cooking something... Karma i guess!  

Next time sandwiches and fruit!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

That's the thing, isn't it? The brick at the restaurant was misplaced and that fire pit at the beach was broken...but it still boils down to this: watch where you're going!

909Jeff
909Jeff

I know... Speaking of...This weekend and I went to a local fast food place to buy lunch. I decided to go in because the drive through was ridiculously long... On the way in I blasted the shit out of my toes on a misplaced brick by the front door. I was bleeding everywhere and my toenail is now on the verge of falling off. 

The point of this is that we had a little neighborhood get together that night (I'll leave it to your imagination as to how a bunch of 909ers party) and at least three people told me to sue... And they were serious... over a stubbed toe... Never mind I wasn't watching where I was going.  This is the mentality people have. 

mitch young
mitch young

Well, there go the firepits, an yet another SoCal tradition with them. And I can't even blame the Mexicans for this one.

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