Herndon Bartenders Arrested For Fire Breathing Trick

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HERNDON, Va. (WUSA) -- It's a trick bartenders have performed at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern for 13 years. But on July 24, two bartenders were arrested after performing a fire breathing trick.

"They're more than bartenders. They're entertainers," says Jimmy Cirrito, bar owner.

Cirrito says after 12:30 a.m. on July 24, the two bartenders performed the trick and then were arrested.

Justin Fedorchak, 29, and Tegee Rogers, 33, are charged with three felonies:

-- Manufacturing and using an explosive device.

-- Setting a fire capable of spreading.

-- Burning or destroying a meeting house.

They were also charged with several misdemeanors by the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.

Cirrito says the charges are all wrong.

"There was no fire. Nothing caught on fire. The fire just dissolves in the air," he says.

According to information released by Fairfax County's Fire and Rescue Department, there was a fire that caused an estimated $200 worth of damage.

A spokesman with Fairfax County's Fire and Rescue Department declined to comment on the case, nor would explain exactly what happened.

Cirrito says his bartenders have been performing the trick for 13 years. But not anymore.

"We stopped doing it. We'll never do it again," he says.

Both bartenders were released on $1,000 bond.

Written by Lindsey Mastis
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

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