A former South Pymatuning Township man who set off an explosion in 2004 that left him seriously injured on Thursday pleaded guilty to pointing a loaded pistol at a firefighter four days before that blast.

Larry J. Larson, 57, of Hermitage, formerly of 3273 Cardinal Drive, was charged Oct. 27, 2004, by South Pymatuning police with five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

He pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge Thursday before District Judge William L. Fagley, Greenville. All other charges were withdrawn.

Larson was ordered to pay $2,643 in fines and court costs and was sentenced to 1 year of state probation to run consecutively with any other sentences.

According to the police complaint:

At 12:09 p.m. Oct. 17, 2004, police responded to a report of a fire at 3273 Cardinal Drive and were met there by South Pymatuning volunteer firefighter Andy Bush.

Bush said when he arrived, he announced himself at the door as the fire department. He entered the home after the man inside – Larson – said it was OK to enter.

Bush turned the corner to the entryway of the kitchen and was met by Larson, who pointed a loaded pistol at him.

Bush said Friday that Larson had called 911 and falsely reported the fire.

Larson was recently sentenced to 3 years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine on federal charges he possessed a firearm after consuming a higher than prescribed dosage of a painkiller in connection with an incident Oct. 22, 2004, at a mobile home he owned in Findley Township.

Larson admitted that on that day he took more painkillers than he was prescribed and that he possessed a handgun. The same day, authorities said, he detonated a small explosive device in the mobile home at 94 File

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