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AB-849 Crimes: causing an explosion.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 452.5 is added to the Penal Code, to read:

452.5.
 (a) A person who recklessly causes an explosion is guilty of a public offense.
(b) If the explosion described in subdivision (a) causes great bodily injury to another person, the offense is a felony punishable pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for two, four, or six years, or a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year.
(c) If the explosion described in subdivision (a) causes damages in the amount of twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) or more to any structure in which a person was present at the time of the offense or to an inhabited dwelling, the offense is a felony punishable pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, or a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year.
(d) If the explosion described in subdivision (a) causes damages in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000) or more, but less than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), to any structure in which a person was present at the time of the offense or to an inhabited dwelling, the offense is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year.
(e) The court may not impose sentence pursuant to subdivision (b) and an enhancement for infliction of great bodily injury if the same injury is an element of the crime and the basis for the enhancement.
(f) For purposes of this section, the amount of damages caused by the defendant’s conduct is determined by the market cost of repair or replacement in the place where the offense occurred.
(g) As used in this section:
(1) “Explosion” means the sudden conversion of potential energy, either chemical or mechanical, into kinetic energy with the production and release of gases under pressure, or the release of gas under pressure, which results in these high pressure gases doing mechanical work such as moving, changing, or shattering nearby materials.
(2) “Inhabited” means currently being used for dwelling purposes, whether occupied or not occupied.
(h) A misdemeanor charged under this section is subject to a civil compromise pursuant to Chapter 7 (commencing with Section 1377) of Title 10 of Part 2.
(i) This section does not prohibit prosecution under any other law, provided, however, that a person shall not be punished for a violation of both this section and Section 452 if the offenses arise from the same conduct.
SEC. 2.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.