Two teenagers caused £100,000 worth of damage when they set fire to a bus in Birmingham.

Aman Mohidden and a 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been "messing around" and laughed after getting off the bus.

The driver only discovered the bus he was driving was on fire when he returned to the depot, reports Birmingham Live.

The two accused had been on the bus with two friends at around 11.30pm on May 15 last year.

As the bus travelled down Broad Street, Birmingham, they began "fooling around" setting light to a fast food container.

"The fire took hold very quickly. The defendants jumped off the bus without telling the driver what they had done. They were laughing outside the vehicle," said Lee Marklew, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.

The driver only discovered the fire once he arrived at the depot

He said the blaze left the vehicle "completely gutted and burnt out".

In passing sentence Judge Melourne Inman QC said "It is clear that you together with two others were messing about on the top deck of a bus.

"You Mohidden set fire to a fast food container that was on the seat."

He said that the 16-year-old had then piled on other flammable items on top.

The judge continued: "It is clear from the CCTV that you knew what you had both achieved and found it amusing from the look on your faces.

"You left the bus with the fire still burning. Fortunately there was nobody else on the top floor which is no doubt why you did what you did.

"But there were two people on the bus, including a child, on the lower floor.

"Eventually it became apparent to the driver there was a fire. By this time he was back at the depot.

"When he went upstairs the fire had taken hold so he was unable to deal with it.

The teens were sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court

"Undoubtedly it would have been extremely frightening for those concerned. The pictures show just how destructive an uncontrollable fire is, causing damage approaching £100,000.

"It was just good fortune that no one was in fact injured."

Mohidden, 18, of Sandon Road, Edgbaston, who had admitted arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered, was sentenced to a two year community order and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

The 16-year-old, who had pleaded guilty to the same charge, was handed an 18 month youth rehabilitation order.

The judge said the fact that Mohidden had told a manager where he worked what he had done and then gone to a police station was a significant mitigating feature while he said both had stayed out of trouble since the incident.

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Scott Brady, for Mohidden, said it had been a case of those involved "egging each other on and lacking maturity".

Rob Cowley, for the 16-year-old, said: "The consequences went far beyond what was anticipated."