Man killed by booby trap he set up in his own home

Police said the front door of the house was rigged to fire a handgun at intruders

Police say a ME man was shot to death by a homemade security device in his home.

A 65-year-old American man died after he triggered a homemade security device created to keep out intruders at his home in ME on Thanksgiving.

"Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries he sustained from the gunshot".

Other unknown devices were also discovered, causing alarmed investigators to contact the Maine State Police Bomb Squad, police said.

Police later determined that the shooting was the result of Cyr unintentionally triggering the device.

There have been other cases of booby-trapped houses in the US.

In February, a team of real estate investors walking through a home they had bought in Philadelphia discovered that a staircase had been rigged with string which, if tripped, would have triggered a swinging knife.

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In September final yr, a person in IL was killed when he opened a neighbour's shed that had been rigged to fireside a shotgun. The 48-year-old homeowner was later convicted of murder and aggravated battery.

And in October final yr a man in OR was charged after fortifying his home "like a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark".

The Van Buren Police Department did not say why he had set up the traps or how he had come to trigger it, but his siblings spoke to The Guardian, telling them that Cyr's home had repeatedly been targeted by burglars, and that he had not received a satisfactory response when he sought help from the police.

It's not unusual for home-owners to put in such traps - however it's unlawful.

Past year an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent was shot by a booby-trapped wheelchair as he tried to enter a property in Oregon.

Rigging homes with devices that can harm people is illegal in Canada.

The courtroom dominated the lethal power was not affordable and awarded the plaintiff $30,000 (£23,000) in damages.

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