Indiana house exdplosion update

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http://news.msn.com/us/ind-home-explosion-now-homicide-investigation INDIANAPOLIS Authorities launched a homicide investigation Monday into the house explosion that killed a young couple and left numerous homes uninhabitable in an Indianapolis neighborhood.
Indianapolis Homeland Security Director Gary Coons made the announcement after meeting with residents of the subdivision where the Nov. 10 blast occurred and shortly after funerals were held for the two victims, who lived next door to the house where investigators believe the explosion originated.
"We are turning this into a criminal homicide investigation," Coons said, marking the first time investigators have called the case criminal.
Search warrants are being executed and official are looking for a white van that was seen in the subdivision on the day of the blast, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said. Authorities are offering at least a $10,000 reward.
Curry said the investigation is aimed at "determining if there are individuals who may be responsible for this explosion and fire."
Neither he nor Coons took questions or indicated if they had any suspects. No arrests have been made.
Officials have said they believe natural gas was involved in the explosion, which destroyed five homes and left dozens damaged, some heavily. Damage has been estimated at $4.4 million.
Investigators have been focusing on appliances as they search for a cause of the explosion.
Hundreds of people attended the funerals earlier Monday for the couple killed in the explosion, 34-year-old John Dion Longworth and 36-year-old Jennifer Longworth. She was a teacher remembered for knitting gifts for her students, while her husband, an electronics expert, was known as a gardener and nature lover.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard spoke at the news conference and said he went to the Longworths' funeral and had a hard time coming to peace with what had happened.
"There is a search for truth and there is a search for justice," Ballard said.
The couple lived next door to the house where investigators are focusing. The co-owner of that house, John Shirley, told The Associated Press he had received a text message from his daughter recently saying the furnace in the home, which she shares with her mother and her mother's boyfriend, had gone out.
Shirley's ex-wife, Monserrate Shirley, said her boyfriend, Mark Leonard, had replaced the thermostat recently and the furnace had resumed working.
The couple was away at a casino at the time of the blast. The daughter was staying with a friend, and the family's cat was being boarded.
Monserrate Shirley's attorney, Randall Cable, declined comment on the announcement Monday evening.
Associated Press writer Ken Kusmer contributed to this report from Indianapolis.
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Pretty difficult to deliberately arrange a gas explosion.
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On Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:54:41 -0800 (PST), harry

1. Lend me your pipe wrench and I'll show you how.
2. Does not have to be deliberate of bring homicide charges.
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I've done it a couple of times, in fact back in the day. After the fire department got done burning the inside of a house for training purposes, we got to set-up a NG blast in ocnjuction with the gas company and then sent our investigator rookies into do the scene. They were in not heavily populated areas and we set it up to blow fairly quickly so it wasn't as impressive as this one, obviously.
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3. The facts surrounding the owner of the house have made me suspicious from the gitgo. Absentee owner was estranged husband. House was on the market for a long tome- recently taken off the market. Wife lives with boyfriend and daughter in the house. Nobody home.
'Guido' apparently miscalculated how big a boom a houseful of gas would make.
Refer to 1-- Is Harry really that stupid? It may not be easy to get away with, but it is about the easiest thing in the world to do.
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The redflag to me is boarding the cat. Does anyone board a cat for three days? I don't own a cat, but my friends who do, don't spend the money for a couple of days.
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wrote:

I didn't even see that one. Yup-- That alone would likely get me digging.
And now the news says they also moved a car that had been parked on the street for a long time.
Jim
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I'd board my cats if it were even one night. To leave them alone for three days would be totally irresponsible, bordering on animal cruelty.
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On 11/21/2012 10:11 AM, Arthur Shapiro wrote:

your cats probably won't even deign to notice that you're not there for a week. given a bowl of food and water, and a litter box, a normal cat won't care if someone is there until the food bowl is empty.
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chaniarts wrote:

My cat certainly notices when I'm gone, but does just fine for a long weekend. When I return she has kept track of how many days of attention and treats are owed.
It is sure sounding like the explosion was the work of the ex-wife and/or boyfriend.
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The BF's brother has a white van... just mentioning it, not making accusations (grin).
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wrote:

Bingo! We had one that would sit with it's face in the corner and pout, while the other soaked up all the attention.

Did hear it all the way down here. ;-)
Yes, the boarding of the cat was what piqued my interest.
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snipped-for-privacy@unisys.com (Arthur Shapiro) wrote:

INteresting. Most of my buddies that have cats would just leave them there with plenty of food and water.
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On Wed, 21 Nov 2012 17:11:59 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@unisys.com (Arthur Shapiro) wrote:

Utter nonsense.
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The only difficult part would be trying to arrange it to blow at a specific time.
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wrote:

Even that is simple with a couple of timers, a remote valve, and an ignitor. Don't try it with british equipment though.
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On 11-20-2012 19:52, snipped-for-privacy@snyder.on.ca wrote:

Appliance timer set to come on when you want the explosion to occur.
Set timer on gas oven to come on about to come on five minutes earlier.
Plugged into timer is igniting device.
TRIVIAL for investigators to detect.
I know how to make it nearly undetectable but I won't tell.
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And you can be sure the fuel/air mix is right for an explosiong just how? Too little feul or too much in an enclosed space and no explosion. That is the problem.
Harry K
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On 11-22-2012 11:51, Harry K wrote:

If the space is enclosed, it's not hard to figure out the timing.
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