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Looks like we have an early entrant for the 2005 Darwin Awards. Let's see...seriously injured, house destroyed, likely criminal charges. I sure hope the girlfriend was impressed. Really impressed.

Plainfield area: Man reportedly showing off for girlfriend

By Joe Hosey, Joliet Herald-News

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Tuesday night's house explosion was touched off by a man under the influence of cocaine and alcohol who was showing off for his girlfriend by lighting a massive pyrotechnic device in their East Main Street home, police said.

Stephen Glynn, 38, claims he did not intend to blow up his house when he lit the fuse of a 10-inch mortar, said Pat Barry, spokesman for the sheriff's department. He was only trying to show off for his girlfriend and planned to snuff the fuse before it sparked the explosive, police said.

Glynn admitted to downing 10 beers and ingesting cocaine before pulling his stunt with the professional fireworks DEVICE, a police source said.

The explosion gutted the house and severely injured both Glynn and the girlfriend, 33-year-old Shawn Adams, police said. Gas to the house had been shut off.

Glynn was transported to Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet on Tuesday night and then on Wednesday was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Adams was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora and was later transferred to Loyola.

Loyola staff listed Glynn in serious condition and said Adams was in fair condition Wednesday.

The mortar Glynn lit — reportedly while resting it in his lap — was twice the diameter of those used in local professional fireworks shows, said Plainfield Fire Chief John Eichelberger.

A second 10-inch mortar that did not explode was found in the house in the aftermath of the fire, Eichelberger said. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and officers with the DuPage County Bomb Squad were called in and recovered the mortar, which was a room away from the explosion and stowed in a cabinet.

A mortar such as the one Glynn detonated in his home is illegal to possess without a pyrotechnics license, Eichelberger said.

Both the explosion and Glynn himself remain under police investigation, Barry said, and no criminal charges have been filed.

May 5, 2005 in Joliet | Permalink


I guess that Stephen Glynn won't qualify for the Darwin Awards. He lived to later be picked up by police. He goes to court on driving under the influence charges, possession of controlled substances and driving on a revoked drivers license.

See sources:
In other police news:
• Stephen Glynn, 38, of 863 S. Tullamore in Tinley Park was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Tuesday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance and a warrant for failing to appear in court.
8/11/05 http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/police/j11cops.htm


Posted by: Boyd at Aug 24, 2005 10:01:06 AM