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Two men indicted in Wilmot home explosion



Monitor staff
Thursday, December 14, 2017

Two men accused of causing an explosion after breaking into a home to steal copper are facing several new charges.

Shane Fortier and Adam Dalton were initially arrested Saturday and charged with conspiracy to commit burglary.

On Thursday, a Merrimack County grand jury indicted Fortier, 29, on that charge, as well as charges of burglary, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit second-degree assault, mechanical licensing penalties, falsifying physical evidence, conspiracy to commit falsifying physical evidence and possession of a controlled drug.

Dalton, 25, was also indicted on the conspiracy to commit burglary charge, in addition to charges of burglary, second-degree assault, mechanical licensing penalties, falsifying physical evidence, solicitation to commit falsifying physical evidence and tampering with witnesses.

Authorities say Fortier and Dalton broke into a residence at 543 Route 4A on the morning of May 1 to steal copper. When a man confronted them, Fortier and Dalton fled, according to the state fire marshal’s office.

“Upon entering the residence, the victim discovered copper piping missing from the home and an explosion occurred when a light switch was turned on by the victim,” according to a statement from authorities.

The state fire marshal’s office said previously the victim suffered severe burns to his face, hands and knees.

The investigation was conducted by State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan, Wilmot Fire Chief Sean Brunel and Wilmot Police Chief David Zuger. The fire marshal’s office asks anyone with information about the home explosion to contact Investigator Adam Fanjoy at 223-4289.