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Man whose girlfriend was killed by cannon says, 'I'm sorry...'

March 7, 2012 |  7:18 am


A 39-year-old handyman and explosives enthusiast whose girlfriend was killed when a cannon exploded near the couple's trailer in San Diego County is anguished over the incident, his brother said.

Richard Fox, 39, was arrested on charges relating to the negligent discharge of explosives causing injury. Fox's girlfriend, 38, was killed instantly, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Fox and a friend were loading a homemade cannon with powder from fireworks when it exploded shortly after midnight, sending shrapnel into the trailer where his girlfriend Fox and their 4-year-old daughter lived.

The child and three other adults in the trailer were unharmed.

Fox, who had been drinking, was burned in the explosion and treated at a local hospital, authorities said. The couple had lived in the trailer in Potrero, in rural eastern San Diego County, for several years.

Fox's brother told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he got an anguished call from him shortly after the blast.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it should have been me,” Jerry Fox quoted his brother as saying.

“He was one of those people who likes to take things apart and put things back together and likes to see how things work,” Jerry Fox told the newspaper.


Boyfriend liked to experiment with explosives

Woman hit by homemade cannonball died instantly

Woman killed by cannonball while 4-year-old slept nearby

-- Tony Perry in San Diego