A scrap yard in Pennsylvania is now making headlines after its owner claimed it was responsible for an explosion that destroyed his business and the home he shares with his wife and two children.
A man identified only as “Johnny” told local media outlets that he and his business partner are looking to sell their home and that they are ready to take it down after the explosion.
According to local media reports, the owner said that the explosion was caused by a “crack” in the roof of the property.
Johnny told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the “crash” caused by the roof “caused massive smoke and flames,” which he says he tried to extinguish with a fire extinguisher.
“It was just like a fire,” Johnny told local TV station WPXI.
“I didn’t know what was going on.”
Johnny said that he suffered minor injuries and his wife was taken to the hospital.
However, he was not able to release any details of what exactly caused the fire or how much money he was seeking.
Local media reports indicate that the owner of the scrap yard claimed that the property owner’s son was driving around with an airsoft gun when the explosion occurred, and that the gun was later found in the home.
The owner’s two sons, who live in neighboring Pennsylvania, also suffered minor burns.
“My kids and I have never seen this kind of damage, and we’re not even allowed in the garage,” Johnny said.
Johnny said the two had to call 911 after the fire was reported, and they were unable to enter the home at the time.
The explosion has prompted the owner to seek federal help.
The United States government has taken action in the case, according to local law enforcement, who have identified the owner as “David Johnson,” who lives in Philadelphia.
According the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a local police department, and the Philadelphia Police Department, Johnson has been charged with two counts of arson and two counts each of reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.
He has been released on $10,000 bond.
Johnson’s criminal record includes a felony conviction for grand theft and possession of a stolen motor vehicle.
In 2014, Johnson pleaded guilty to an aggravated misdemeanor count of possession of drugs and possession with intent to distribute.
He was sentenced to three months in jail and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.