CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (November 8, 2013) A suicidal Pennsylvania man blew up his house after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg, the airship that exploded at its mooring in 1937 in New Jersey, police said.
Shawn Landa 47, was is still recovering from injuries he suffered in the Oct. 12 blast that destroyed his home in Moon Township, Pa., about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh.
He has been charged him with arson and related crimes.
Landa confessed to breaking a natural gas line in his home, expecting that something would ignite it while he took a nap, police said in court documents.
That didn’t happen, however, and after Landa woke up he ignited the gas when he lit a cigarette, the documents said.
Police say Landa was distraught over being unemployed and not having custody of his children.
He told police of other recent suicide attempts.