Suicidal man charged with arson |

Suicidal man charged with arson

— A 55-year-old man has been charged with felony fourth-degree arson after investigators say he tried to commit suicide by blowing himself up.

The explosion at a recreational vehicle Randy Davis was living in occurred May 31 at the Eagle Soaring RV Park west of Steamboat Springs.

The charge against Davis states he “caused an explosion on any property, and by so doing placed a person in danger of death or serious bodily injury.”

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said an investigator went to a Denver hospital Thursday and served Davis with a summons to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9.

According to a search warrant filed with the court, Davis told witnesses and an investigator that he built a bomb and tried to blow himself up.

The warrant states investigators located a bottle of potassium perchlorate Davis said he bought at a gun show. The chemical is commonly used to make fireworks.

Former Routt County Sheriff John Warner was at the RV park when the explosion occurred and pulled Davis out of the fire.

Two dogs died in the explosion.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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