REDDING, California — A Redding man who blew his hand off while trying to make rocket fuel has been charged with possession of a destructive device, a misdemeanor to which he has agreed to plead guilty or no contest.
The Record Searchlight in Redding reports (http://bit.ly/1c58ycA ) that Shasta County prosecutors charged 64-year-old D. Ray East on Wednesday, almost two weeks after the explosion that injured him. Sheriff's deputies investigating the blast subsequently found a collection of explosives inside Ray's home that led them to evacuate his neighbors until the materials could be destroyed.
Assistant District Attorney Josh Lowery tells the Record Searchlight that East will be sentenced to three years' probation in exchange for his plea.
East told investigators he builds small rockets as a hobby and accidentally applied a heat gun to the fuel he was making.
His neighbors were allowed to return to their homes this week after a bomb squad got rid of Ray's collection by burning his residence down.
Information from: Record Searchlight, http://redding.com