MACAP ~ Legislation

The following changes on Missouri law became effective Aug. 28, 2005:

1. A person commits the crime of arson in the first degree when he or she:

(1) Knowingly damages a building or inhabitable structure, and when any person is then present or in near proximity thereto, by starting a fire or causing an explosion and thereby recklessly places such person in danger of death or serious physical injury; or

(2) By starting a fire or explosion, damages a building or inhabitable structure in an attempt to produce methamphetamine.

2. Arson in the first degree is a class B felony unless a person has suffered serious physical injury or has died as a result of the fire or explosion set by the defendant or as a result of a fire or explosion started in an attempt by the defendant to produce methamphetamine, in which case arson in the first degree is a class A felony.

The statute of limitations for arson has also been increased from three years to five years.


Missouri State Fire Marshal
Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association

International Association of Arson Investigators - Missouri Chapter
MACAP • P.O. Box 844 •Jefferson City, MO  65102 • 573-751-2930
Missouri Arson Tip Hotline 1-800-39-ARSON