The last thing Thomas Allan Miller did before his house exploded early Friday morning was light a fire in his living room.
Miller had already warned the Murphysboro, Illinois, officers gathered at his front door that his home was filled with gas and that he was armed. Police could smell the gas, and they backed away from the door because of the threat of the firearm, according to a press release.
Less than a minute later, an explosion rocked the Oak Street home, blowing out the east windows. A second explosion occurred within the house soon after.