Florida man tries to blow up foreclosed home with bowling-ball bomb

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Authorities say a Loxahatchee man who didn’t want a bank to sell his foreclosed home tried to blow it up using a bowling ball as an explosive.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports 21-year-old Tyler Butler was arrested Monday on charges of arson and using an explosive device.

The fire started about 10 p.m. Sunday in Loxahatchee. Butler was inside the home when the fire was reported.

Deputies detained Butler after he left the burning home. As firefighters extinguished the flames, they noticed a bowling ball with a wick attached.

The sheriff’s office bomb squad removed the ball.

Butler told deputies he set things on fire in the home using a cigarette lighter, he poured gun powder in a bowling ball and used a rope as a fuse.

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