Man accused of blowing up his own Moon house held for trial
December 17, 2013 4:37 PM
Allegheny County Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Shawley, right, removes debris from the basement of 1654 Charlton Heights Road in October.
By Robert Zullo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A Moon man who told investigators he blew up his own house in a suicide attempt inspired by a program on the Hindenburg disaster was held for trial today following a preliminary hearing.
Shawn Landa, 47, who faces a slew of charges related to the Oct. 12 explosion, including arson, causing catastrophe and criminal mischief, remains in the Allegheny County jail. Court records indicate he is as yet unable to post his $100,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint, he told investigators he was "depressed and down on himself" when he broke a gas line in his basement and turned the valve on before falling asleep in a recliner. He told investigators he had recently gotten out of rehab, lost his vehicle, was uncertain about his job status and did not have contact with his children.
The explosion destroyed Mr. Landa's home on Charlton Heights Road and that of a neighbor, Alan Lisica, who was also injured in the blast. Nine other homes were damaged.
Mr. Landa is scheduled to be formally arraigned Feb. 7 as the case now moves to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and a judge will be assigned, a spokesman for the district attorney's Office said.
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