Ohio Man Allegedly Making Bombs to Pay for Lawnmower Dies in Explosion

Police in Ohio are investigating the case of a lawyer who died in an explosion after a neighbor accused him of making a bomb in his garage to pay for his lawnmower. On May 22, the Plymouth Fire Department and Ashtabula County were called in to deal with the fire caused by an “unknown explosion.” Police arrived at the scene and were believed to be trapped inside the garage. 

Ashtabula County Sheriff William R. Niemi described the scene in a statement, “The detached garage at the back of the house burned to the ground and the rubble spread to the neighbor’s yard.” The fire was set, and the 55-year-old man, described as a “victim / suspect”, was taken to hospital, where he died of his injuries, police tried to determine the cause of the explosion after the incident.

“A neighboring deputy told the man that the victim was preparing to sell explosives in his garage so he could pay a law he bought recently,” police said. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Due to the severity of the incident and the desire to sell weapons, the case has been referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for investigation.

 The victim died at the University Hospital Geneva Medical Center. According to deputies, a neighbor reported that the victim was making explosives for sale to fund a recently purchased lawnmower. A caller told 911 (quoted in the WW-TV report) “The whole garage is blown up; someone needs to get here now.” 

The Hell video shows flames surrounding the structure, which was partially hidden by a tree. Several burst light and shock waves were part of this synthesis. Ashtabula County Sheriff William Niemi said it was not clear if Hopkins actually sold any explosives or what they were used for an investigation is underway. “Everyone around the neighborhood heard the explosion,” one of the victims’ sons told WEO-TV. Girlfriend’s son didn’t want to be identified. “My mother was quite shocked,” he said.