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Police: Hindenburg inspired Pa. man's house blast

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 10:50:51 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 01:10:12 PM CST
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AP

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. -

A suicida man blew up his house after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg, the airship that exploded in 1937, police said.

Shawn Landa is still recovering from his injuries in the Oct. 12 blast that destroyed his Moon Township home, about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh.

Police on Thursday charged him with arson and related crimes.

Landa, 47, confessed to breaking a natural gas line in his home, expecting that something would ignite it while he took a nap, according to court documents.

The blast didn't happen, so when Landa woke up, police said he ignited the gas when he lit a cigarette.

Landa, police said, was distraught over being unemployed and not having custody of his children. He told police of other recent suicide attempts.