Suspect charged for setting off homemade cannon in Lowellville

A homemade cannon went off in Lowellville, Ohio, damaging nearby houses and a vehicle.
Damage to a vehicle after a homemade cannon went off in Lowellville Saturday night.

LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – A man accused of making a homemade cannon that exploded in Lowellville will face charges of felonious assault, illegal manufacture or processing of explosives, vehicular vandalism and vandalism.

Prosecutors say Michael Lysowski, 47, was operating a homemade cannon July 18 during the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival.

Two people were seriously hurt, two cars were destroyed, and two houses were damaged.

Police say the cannon was packed too tightly with black powder and that the explosion had the effect of a pipe bomb, blasting shrapnel across the street.

The Youngstown bomb squad was called to the scene, along with state and federal agents.

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