One Keizer man was arrested and two more given citations stemming from a decision to celebrate Donald Trump’s presidential victory by lighting off a cannon.
On Wednesday, November 9, at 8:47 p.m. officers from the Keizer Police Department responded along with members of the Keizer Fire District to the intersection of 7th Avenue Northeast and Kestrel Street Northeast on a report a loud explosion.
One concerned and alarmed citizen reported there was a large plume of smoke seen after the explosion. The cause was not immediately known and it was not known if anybody had been injured.
The responding police officers arrived within two minutes of receiving the call and observed the large plume of smoke was still lingering in the air behind the residence located at 5130 7th Avenue N.E.
Officers made contact with a female subject who was located in the driveway of the residence and began a conversation with her as they attempted to determine the cause of the explosion and if anybody had been injured. As officers were speaking with the female subject in the driveway, her boyfriend confronted them. That man, later identified as 21-year old Triston Potee of Keizer refused to follow the officer’s orders and he grabbed one of the officers as he confronted them. Poteet was taken into custody at that time for Harassment and Interfering with a Police Officer.
The officers continued investigating the incident and identified another individual, 45-year old Michael Dingle, as being the individual who caused the explosion.
Dingle cooperated with the investigation and told the investigating officers he ignited a canon in his backyard as he was celebrating Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.
Dingle told the investigating officers no projectiles were shot from the canon and that he hid it in his garage just prior to police and fire units arriving on scene. He said the canon had been made and given to him by his father several years ago and he feared officers would seize it if it were found.
Dingle gave the investigating officers consent to enter his garage to view and photograph the canon he had hid. Officers cited and released Dingle at the scene for one count of disorderly conduct.
In addition to Dingle being cited and Poteet being taken into custody, officers also cited the female they initially encountered in the driveway of the residence. Velda Housley, 20, of Keizer, was cited for one count of interfering with a police officer.