Medicated worker intentionally lit fire that burned nuclear sub… Twice — Navy had blamed blaze on vacuum cleaner (VIDEO)

Published: July 24th, 2012 at 5:03 pm ET


Title: Navy: Nuclear Sub Worker Set Fire So He Could Leave Early
Source: AP
Date: July 24, 2012

Navy investigators have determined that a civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.

Casey James Fury of Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two counts of arson in the fire aboard the USS Miami attack submarine while it was in dry dock May 23 and a second blaze outside the sub on June 16.


The Navy originally said the fire started when an industrial vacuum cleaner sucked up a heat source that ignited debris inside.


Fury told NCIS agent Jeremy Gauthier that he was taking three medications for anxiety, depression and sleep, and a fourth for allergies. He checked himself into an in-patient mental health facility on June 21 and checked himself out two days later, the affidavit reads.


h/t Adam Kokesh

Published: July 24th, 2012 at 5:03 pm ET


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5 comments to Medicated worker intentionally lit fire that burned nuclear sub… Twice — Navy had blamed blaze on vacuum cleaner (VIDEO)

  • kintaman kintaman

    Which then leads one to question…couldn't a similar scenario happen at a nuclear power plant with even more dire results?

    What if a disgruntled clean up worker or terror-person (you know the word I mean, I hate it though) at Fukushima Daiichi wanted to destroy the SFP @ Unit #4….what security is there in place to stop it? He could drive a truck bomb right into it and it would explode the pool and its contents all over the place.

  • kalidances

    You would be surprised at how many nuclear sub workers are on adderall, valium, seroquel and prozac.

    Maybe someone should find out. Angry,betrayed,overmedicated military personnel from say…Okinawa, might not take it well that Tepco and the entire Japanese government worked together to not only give them and their entire families cancer, but make them all sterile so no new generations can be created.

    Hopefully the adoption process, and worldwide adoptive parents, will become far more loving and peaceful with their new children in the near future.

    • jec jec

      Wonder what contractor will pay for this? Its their employee-they are the ones responsible. In my day, one had clearances, and taking lost access to the worksite( or were on leave) until off the drugs. Guess times have changed.

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Perhaps taking medications to force a certain set of emotions or a low level apathy in order to keep you working is so commonplace now that they'd be out of workers should they require people to be drug free in the workplace.


    thanks admin for correcting the headline. I'd read elsewhere that it was an employee of the navy; not someone in the actual service…