Man admits to blowing up Phoenixville pub toilet

Posted on September 3, 2011 by


The man who blew up a men’s room toilet in a pub in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, during a crowded pre-St. Patrick’s Day party March 12, pleaded guilty to criminal charges August 30.

The 51-year-old suspect, who reportedly suffered from mental health problems, was sentenced to 162 days to 23 months in prison. He was immediately paroled, after having been incarcerated at Chester County Prison since his arrest in March. The man pleaded guilty to a single count of causing an explosion and told the judge that he set off the M-100 firecracker – akin to a small stick of dynamite – because he was upset with the staff at Molly Maguire’s Pub who refused to serve him. He walked across the street to the room he was renting at The Mainstay Inn, retrieved the explosive, and brought it back to the pub. He said he had been drinking. He lit the fuse on the M-100, put it in the toilet, and fled before it went off. The explosion caused considerable damage to the men’s room but did not injure any patrons.

Investigators identified the suspect after seeing him on a surveillance video leaving the bathroom just before the explosion.


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