Police arrest man accused of sparking explosion of Canon City home in suicide attempt


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CANON CITY, Colorado — Police have arrested a 32-year-old man accused of sparking a natural gas explosion at his Canon City home in an attempt to commit suicide.

The Canon City Daily Record reported Thursday (http://goo.gl/ijKJRi ) that Matt Christensen is facing charges of fourth-degree arson and felony criminal mischief. He has been released on a $5,000 bond.

Investigators say the Sept. 4 explosion, which was caused by a natural gas detonation, threw Christensen into the backyard. The house was destroyed, but the man escaped with non-life-threatening burns.

Nearby homes and vehicles were damaged, and insulation and debris from the exploded home was strewn across the neighborhood and in nearby streets.

Information from: Canon City Daily Record, http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/

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