EAST COUNTY — A 38-year-old woman was killed and her boyfriend was arrested Tuesday after authorities said the man ignited a homemade cannon that sent shrapnel into their Potrero trailer around midnight.
Authorities were called to the remote property on Potrero Valley Road, north of the Twin Lakes Resort mobile home park, about 12:05 a.m., sheriff’s Sgt. David Martinez said.
When they arrived, they found the woman inside the trailer dead from massive injuries, Martinez said. Her name has not been released.
This is just so full of fail. A homemade cannon? I wonder what he used for the barrel, aluminum cans?
Martinez said Fox had loaded the cannon with powder taken from fireworks.
That’s pretty unstable stuff. It’s designed to go BOOM, not to propel a projectile. Gunpowder burns, fireworks explode. It might seem like they are the same, but they aren’t.
He said alcohol may have played a role in the incident.
Shocking, someone page Captain Renault.
John Arnold, a friend and neighbor of Fox, said, “He liked experimenting with guns and it looks like this experiment went bad.”
So let’s recap. A woman is dead, a child has lost her mother, and a guy is likely to go to prison for some length of time depending on what the search of his trailer turns up.
An all around losing proposition.