A Navy worker set fire to a nuclear-powered submarine causing $400 million damage because he 'wanted to leave work early'.
Casey James Fury, 24, from Portsmouth, North Hampshire, faces life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson after starting an inferno aboard the USS Miami attack submarine on May 23.
According to a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Portland today, Fury, a painter and sandblaster, told investigators he lit the fires so he could get out of working on the vessel.
The Miami was getting an overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, when the fire damaged the torpedo room and command area inside the forward compartment. It took more than 12 hours to extinguish.
Fury is also charged with starting a second fire three weeks later on the dry dock cradle where the Miami rests, but there was no damage and no injuries.
After initially denying starting the infernos, Fury, whose Myspace profile includes references to fires, admitted he was responsible while taking a lie-detector test.
Fury told Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent Timothy Bailey 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. Read More