Longmont Man Accused of Accidentally Starting Fire with Chemicals Gets Deferred Sentence

November 14, 2018

Andrew John Pargeter

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story used a headline that mischaracterized the crimes the man is accused of. The headline has been updated.

A Longmont man accused of setting fire to a blanket after mixing chemicals together received a deferred sentence Friday.

Andrew John Pargeter, 55, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He also was charged with fourth-degree arson, possession of explosives and reckless endangerment, but those were dismissed by the Boulder County District Attorney.

Pargeter was sentenced to an 18-month deferred sentence, according to Catherine Olguin, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Longmont police began investigating the case in August 2017 , when they were called to Longmont United Hospital to speak with Pargeter, who was suffering from chemical burns.

According to an arrest affidavit, Pargeter’s friend told police that Pargeter had mixed powders on a piece of paper on his bed that night. Once they were mixed, there was a bright flash and a small fire started.

Police found a number of materials that could be turned into explosives in the apartment, the affidavit said.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com

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