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Police: Hindenburg inspired Pa. man's house blast

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November 8, 2013 01:15 PM EST | AP


CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — Police say a suicidal Pennsylvania man blew up his house after watching a TV show about the Hindenburg, the airship that exploded in 1937.

The 47-year-old man is still recovering from his injuries in the Oct. 12 blast that destroyed his Moon Township home, about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh.

Police charged him Thursday with arson and related crimes.

They say in court papers that the man confessed to breaking a natural gas line in his home, expecting that something would ignite it while he took a nap. Police say the blast didn't happen, he woke up and he ignited the gas when he lit a cigarette.

Police say he was distraught over being unemployed and not having custody of his children. He told police of other recent suicide attempts.