Florida Man Blows Off Arms Making Fireworks With Coffee
A Florida man who blew off both his arms when the crude fireworks he was assembling in his kitchen exploded will not face criminal charges.
Via NY Daily News:
Justin McHenry was using a coffee grinder to mix explosive materials at his Cape Coral condo on May 1 when it suddenly detonated, Wink News reported.
The 31-year-old’s limbs were blown off from below the elbows after shrapnel shot out across the room. His bones were left exposed and he also suffered severe injuries to his abdomen and upper legs.
Cops arrived on the scene and found a dazed McHenry sitting outside. Smoke was coming out from his explosion-ravaged apartment.
He was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital for emergency treatment. His current condition is not known.
Three weeks later, investigators from Cape Coral Police Department submitted an application for his arrest to the State Attorney’s Office.
They claimed they’d found goods “consistent with items that were used to build IED’s.” Police wanted to charge McHenry with making, possessing, or discharging a destructive device or attempting to do so.
However, the application was denied last week, it’s now emerged. “It didn’t rise to criminal intent,” state attorney’s office spokeswoman Samantha Syoen told the News-Press.
“He had a coffee grinder and when he pushed the coffee grinder down, it blew his arms off,” she added.
Cape Coral Police Department said the case had now been closed.
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