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Worker Set Fire On Nuke Sub To Get Off Work Early

From the Associated Press:

Navy: Sub worker set fire so he could leave early

By CLARKE CANFIELD | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Navy investigators have determined that a civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.

Casey James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson in the fire aboard the USS Miami attack submarine

Something tells us he will not be sentenced to life in prison. It’s more likely that he will be given community service.

The Miami was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for an overhaul when the fire damaged the torpedo room and command area inside the forward compartment. It took more than 12 hours to extinguish. A second fire was reported June 16 … but there was no damage and no injuries.

Fury, who was working on the sub as a painter and sandblaster, initially denied starting the fires but eventually acknowledged his involvement, the affidavit states.

He admitted setting the May 23 fire, which caused an estimated $400 million in damage, while taking a lie-detector test and being told by the examiner he wasn’t being truthful.

Fury told Timothy Bailey, an agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, that "his anxiety started getting really bad," so he grabbed his cigarettes and a lighter, walked up to a bunk room and set fire to some rags on the top bunk…

Fury said he set the second fire after getting anxious over a text-message exchange with an ex-girlfriend about a man she had started seeing, according to the affidavit. He wanted to leave work early, so he took some alcohol wipes and set them on fire outside the submarine.

Fury said he initially lied about setting the fires "because he was scared and because everything was blurry to him and his memory was impacted due to his anxiety and the medication he was taking at the time," according to the affidavit.

Fury told NCIS agent Jeremy Gauthier that he was taking three medications for anxiety, depression and sleep, and a fourth for allergies. He checked himself into an in-patient mental health facility on June 21 and checked himself out two days later, the affidavit reads…

All of which makes is sound like he is going to use the patented Kennedy family ‘substance abuse’ defense. Which is probably a good idea. Who knows, maybe in a few years he will run for political office.

Still, this could be part of the reason why we have so many lunatics running around, like the Aurora shooter.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Worker Set Fire On Nuke Sub To Get Off Work Early”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Is he a member of the Infernal Brotherhood of Painters or United Sandblasters Local 386?

    It used to be you had to pass a lot of background checks to work on classified equipment like a sub. Arson is arson and he needs to go to the big house but Steve you’re probably right, he’ll get community service and a new career in politics.

  2. JohnMG says:

    Sounds like the perfect resume`-enhancer for a ‘community organizer’ job applicant. All he needs is a character reference from Bill Ayers.

    But you’re probably right. Dollar’ll get you a dog-turd he’ll walk.

  3. canary says:

    Dam. That put’s Russias nuclear sub their building in the lead.

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