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

Investigators at the scene later saw the booby trap themselves when they discovered Cyr's front door was rigged with a device "designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door", according to the statement.

Ronald Cyr, 65, died from injuries suffered when one of several contraptions he installed in his home went off on Thanksgiving, according to the Van Buren Police Department.

When officers arrived, they discovered a device on the front door of the man's home that was created to fire a handgun if anyone attempted to enter, the department said.

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Several other booby traps were found at Cyr's residence causing investigators to contact the Maine State Police Bomb Squad.

Investigators said that Cyr's death on November 28 appeared to be an accident. The town is approximately 320 miles from Portland, Maine.

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

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Mostly recently, a man in southern IL was convicted past year of first-degree murder after a booby-trapped shotgun he had rigged killed a man on his rural property.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents found a circular hot tub linked up to a tripwire, a fortified front door, animal traps and a wheelchair rigged with a shotgun that went off, hitting an agent in the leg.

The legal argument is that life is more valued than property and that the devices have no means of preventing accidental harm or distinguishing between targets.

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