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Fisherman killed by piece of pipe bomb shrapnel that pierced his heart

Monday, August 7, 2006



A Brazil man was killed by a pipe bomb while fishing alone in Birch Creek, located at the end of Towpath Road, near Clay City over the weekend.

Paul "Joe" Lynch, 31, of Brazil, was in possession of two homemade pipe bombs, one of which exploded. Lynch was found between 1:30 to 1:45 a.m. Saturday by friends who had been searching for him since Friday evening.

"A shrapnel piece from the bomb -- we're not sure which part -- passed through Lynch's heart, killing him instantly," Clay County Coroner Rick Swearingen said Saturday.

Dr. Roland Kohr, who performed the autopsy at Regional Hospital, in Terre Haute, found no traces of drugs or alcohol in Lynch's body.

Bomb technicians from the Indiana State Police Bomb Squad defused the remaining pipe bomb, which was made from a steel pipe.

"Adults, and kids, use pipe bombs, without thinking about the consequences, to blow up mailboxes and other things for entertainment," Swearingen said. "This is an example of why the handling of explosive devices needs to be left to the experts."

Some details surrounding Lynch's death arenot being released due to the ongoing investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

The pipe bomb may have been intended to be used to stun fish in the creek, according to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton.

"We don't know at this time exactly what he was doing with the device," said Heaton. "This is a very unusual case, not something we normally see."

Possessing the materials to make a pipe bomb, or being in possession of the pipe bomb itself, is illegal according to Sheriff Heaton.

"A pipe bomb is a very unstable device," Heaton said. "No one should work with explosives when they are not qualified to do so."

Other responding de-partments include Clay City Police Department, Trans-Care and Indiana State Police.

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