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Causing A Catastrophe Under Utah Law


Under Utah Criminal Code 76-6-105, causing widespread damage to other people or property through the use of a weapon of mass destruction or other harmful force is considered a criminal offense. This can also include explosions, fires, floods, avalanches, collapse of a building, or other destructive forces. The classification for these offenses is as follows:

  • 1st degree felony if the violator caused the catastrophe intentionally with the use of a weapon of mass destruction
  • 2nd degree felony if the person knowingly caused the catastrophe through a method aside from a weapon of mass destruction
  • Class A misdemeanor if the catastrophe was caused through recklessness

In addition to criminal penalties, a convicted individual may also be ordered by the court to pay all expenses incurred as a result of the catastrophe.

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