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MONTICELLO — A Monticello man faces a first-degree arson charge, accused of causing an explosion in his home’s basement that injured a Jones County deputy last month.
David J. Costello, 62, had threatened to set off a bomb at his home Nov. 17 when Monticello police and a deputy were called to his home at 606 N. Sycamore St.
As officers attempted to talk with Costello, he ignited a propane torch near a natural gas line he had opened. The officer and deputy were “consumed in a flash fire” from the resulting explosion, according to a criminal complaint.
The Monticello Fire Department put out a fire of nearby combustible materials, the complaint stated.
The deputy was treated for minor injuries, and Costello was taken to a hospital for a medical and psychological evaluation.
Costello, who was arrested Tuesday, is being held on $25,000 cash-only bond on the arson charge, which is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.