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Pulling a fire alarm when there is no emergency can apparently lead to a felony charge, as it did in the case of a 25-year-old Karnak man.

Joshua D. Meyer was charged Tuesday with disorderly conduct in Williamson County for allegedly pulling an alarm when there was no fire, according to State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti.

The incident occurred Jan. 8 as people were leaving the gym of a Crab Orchard High School basketball game, Zanotti said. The principal called off a fire department response after ensuring there was no fire.

“Fortunately, no one was injured during the initial panic of the alarm,” Zanotti said.

Footage from surveillance cameras showed a male deliberately pulling the alarm. The footage was sent to Century High School and as a result Meyer was identified, Zanotti said.

He was arrested Wednesday by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and taken to Williamson County, where he faces 1 to 3 years in prison if convicted.

— Nick Mariano

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Nick Mariano is a reporter for The Southern Illinoisan covering Saline, Franklin and Jefferson counties.

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