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Posted on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Grass fire slows traffic on M-14 east of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin


A grass fire burns along M-14 Tuesday afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Stewart Beal from Facebook

A grass fire was causing a traffic backup on westbound M-14 east of Ann Arbor Tuesday afternoon. Salem Township firefighters were battling the blaze along the freeway.

A Google map showed a lengthy traffic backup on the freeway just before 3:30 p.m.

No further information was immediately available.

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Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 9:05 p.m.

Isn't this within the area of construction and repaving work?


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 8:03 p.m.

I bet it was caused by some careless idiot throwing their cigarette butt out the window. Not only is that ILLEGAL but with this drought we are going through...we should be seeing this more often, sadly.


Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 3:13 p.m.

"Can you blame smokers?" Yes I can blame smokers. I smoked while driving for a number of years, never tossing the butt out the window. I would instead travel with a disposable cup that had some water in it, to drop the butt into (usually a coffee cup because I'm always drinking coffee). It's called taking personal responsibility for the unhealthy lifestyle choices you make, so that they don't negatively affect others as well.


Wed, Jun 27, 2012 : 5:09 a.m.

I knew it! When I first read the head line that the first comment would be that it was caused by a cigarette!!!! :) Cigarettes are the cause of everything that happenes!! Maybe it wasn't a cigarette, it could have been a blunt!!!! There are many reasons that a fire could start....


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 11:35 p.m.

I would go about 1000 to 1 , Cigarette butt vs broken glass. But can you blame smokers? Who would want cigarette butts in the car, that's disgusting.


Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 9:35 p.m.

FYI broken glass on sunny days can also start grass fires in dry conditions.

god's hammer

Tue, Jun 26, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

as if they have the right to...