BOOM! The shock was felt around the county. A “homemade firework factory” inside of small Casstown home exploded on Thursday night, followed by a grand finale of red, white, and blue fireworks.
The cause of the explosion is unknown, but neighbors suggest that the house was also being used as a meth lab. Between crystal meth and fireworks, something was bound to blow up. Nobody knows exactly what went down, but whatever happened must have been absolutely batshit crazy.
The explosion wasn’t entirely unexpected. In 2020 alone, police received 26 reports of suspicious activity in the Casstown home. The cops never responded to the tips, and now a cute little countryside home has been burnt to a crisp. Casstown PD denies all claims that they’ve been contacted about the home, claiming that their answering machine has been broken since November 2019.
Casstown Police Chief Tyler Smedgenbarger stated in a public press conference, “while this was a tragic outcome, it was so fucking rad. The explosions totally rocked my shit.” The police chief then went on to clarify, “I don’t wanna downplay the seriousness of the situation, as someone could’ve really been hurt, but damn. That was sick. Totally badass.”
Tim Schmiggenhoff, the owner of the home, has been charged for manufacturing illegal fireworks, attempting insurance fraud, arson, and endangerment of several raccoons that lived in his basement up until the explosion. A candlelight vigil will be held for the raccoons in front of the Casstown Post Office on Saturday.
“It’s all really sad,” said neighbor Kelseigh Graham. “Firework laws are becoming more lenient in Ohio, but Tim just couldn’t get out of manufacturing them himself. Now, 4 innocent raccoons lay dead, and he’ll be in prison for life. It’s a shame.”
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