Man pipe bomb fishes in Illinois River as tribute to grandfather

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PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Canton man told a judge he went “redneck fishing” with a pipe bomb as a tribute to his late grandfather. He hauled in a 90-day jail sentence.

Twenty-six-year-old Marc McCulley’s felony conviction also got him 30 months’ probation after he was sentenced last week in Peoria County Circuit Court.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that McCulley set off a homemade bomb of PVC pipe, gunpowder and a fuse beneath the McNaughton Bridge over the Illinois River.

He told the judge it was a tribute to his grandfather. He says the two used to go “redneck fishing” in which explosives are thrown into the water and fish collected when they float to the surface.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon in August.