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Military flare shot from a barbecue started meat plant fire

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The military flare that started a huge fire at the Patrick Cudahy meat plant was shot by two brothers at a barbecue on July 5.

That's according to their mother, who tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they were "just being idiots."

The paper identified a suspect arrested Wednesday night as Kurtis Popp, 25, of Milwaukee. He remains in jail.

His brother, Joshua Popp, 23, is in California on inactive duty with the Marines after he served twice in Iraq.

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