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Causing the Danger of Fire in Germany

Provisions relating to causing the danger of fire in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-eight, under the heading “Offences Causing a Common Danger,” located in Section 306f Causing the danger of fire, which reads: (1) Whosoever, by smoking, by an open fire or light, by throwing away burning or smouldering objects or otherwise causes the danger that businesses or facilities 1. that are easily in ammable; 2. agricultural or nutrition facilities and businesses in which their products are stored; 3. forests, heaths or moors; or 4. cultivated fields or easily in ammable agricultural produce stored in fields, will catch fire shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine. (2) Whosoever causes the danger that objects indicated in subsection (1) Nos 1 to 4 above will catch fire and thereby endangers the life or limb of another person or property of significant value belonging to another shall incur the same penalty. (3) Whosoever acts negligently in cases under subsection (1) above or causes the danger negligently in cases under subsection (2) above shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine.

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  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to causing the danger of fire is current as of 2010

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