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Moon man sentenced to jail after blowing up his house

A Moon man who told police he was depressed and decided to blow up his house after watching a film about the Hindenburg disaster will serve five to 10 years in prison, an Allegheny County judge ordered Tuesday.

Shawn Landa, 48, pleaded guilty before Common Pleas Judge Jill E. Rangos to more than two-dozen charges, including reckless endangerment and arson.

Landa’s home on Charlton Heights Road exploded Oct. 12, 2013. Police charged him about a month later. He and a neighbor were injured in the blast.

Landa told investigators that he broke a gas line that fed the gas logs in the basement, turned on the gas valve and fell asleep in a recliner in the family room, expecting something in the house to ignite the gas while he slept. The house exploded three or four hours later when Landa awoke and lit a cigarette.

The Hindenburg was a German airship that caught fire in Lakehurst, N.J., and was destroyed in 1937, killing 36 people.


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