The body of a Pennsylvania man who was harassing a code enforcement officer with firearms and was involved in a police crackdown was found hours after numerous explosions and a fire he started destroyed three homes, authorities said Friday.
The Lower Providence Police Department said the man was identified as Thomas Razzi, 66, at the time of the autopsy. The cause of his death is still pending. His body was found around midnight on Friday in the apartment of Eagleville, Pennsylvania, where he lived.
The chaotic chain of events on Thursday began shortly before noon, amid reports that Razzi was harassing a code enforcement officer with a firearm. The officer arrived at Razzi̵
When the policeman entered, Razzi showed a firearm, urging the inspector to leave, police said.
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When two officers from the town of Lower Providence arrived on the scene, they confronted Razzi in front of the house and ordered him to stop. Razzi, who was unarmed at the time, entered the residence and slammed the door, police said.
With the arrival of additional staff from the home, a series of explosions and shots were heard and a fire broke out. The officers did not fire their weapons, police said.
Authorities later learned that Razzi had made fireworks himself and had several firearms and ammunition inside, police said. Investigators believe the shooting was ammunition exploding from the heat of the fire.
When the fire became visible, officers began evacuating neighbors. Three homes were destroyed and three others were damaged. The displaced residents are supported by the local Red Cross.
The Code Enforcement Officer suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from the local hospital.
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A fire investigation was conducted by the fire marshal of the town of Lower Providence, several other agencies, including the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Authorities believe the blasts were caused by a mixture of chemicals used to make illegal fireworks. The investigation into the incident continues.