The father of a man who allegedly tried to set himself on fire by setting off fireworks at an outdoor pool in his suburban Minneapolis neighborhood was arrested Saturday and charged with attempted murder and other charges, police said.
The man, who identified himself only as James, told investigators he went off his own back and started setting off pyrotechnics at the pool, which was located in the backyard of a home in the 300 block of West Michigan Avenue, police Sgt. John Elder said.
The father, who is not being identified by police, was not injured in the incident.
Elder said the father had not been in trouble in the past, but was known to the neighborhood and police because of his alleged behavior there.
Police did not immediately identify the man or the home he lived at.
No one answered the door at the home Saturday night, and the home is listed as vacant.
A neighbor told The Associated Press he heard a “big explosion” and saw people running out of the home.
He said the man was not wearing any pyrotech gear, but a fire extinguisher was lying nearby.
Neighbors said they had seen fireworks on Sunday night and noticed the man had been at the area.
He was wearing an orange shirt and a white baseball cap with the word “POLICE” written on it, he said.