High court takes case of hot coals at century-old inn

ARCADIA (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court is looking at the case of the hot coals.

A 10-year-old girl burned her foot on hot coals that couldn’t be seen under sand, a day after a Lake Michigan bonfire.

The state appeals court said Watervale Inn in Benzie County isn’t protected by a law that shields businesses that provide recreation. But the Supreme Court has accepted an appeal from the inn and will hear arguments in the months ahead.

A key issue appears to be whether building sand castles counts as a “recreational use” that would trigger liability protections for the inn. The appeals court said Bailey Noble wasn’t engaging in a risky activity when she was injured.


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