On May 23 and June 16, fires were set to the USS Miami while it was docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.
In the May fire alone, the Miami, which is a nuclear submarine, sustained more than $400 million in damages, and seven people were injured during the twelve hours required to douse the flames.
On July 23, a 24-year old civilian dock worker named Casey James Fury was charged with “maliciously” setting the fires. Fury was painting and sandblasting the sub in a dry dock when the fires broke out.
When initially interviewed by investigators, Fury only admitted to the June fire, blaming it on anxiety caused by a “text message” from an ex-girlfriend. But after failing a polygraph test, he confessed to having set the May fire as well.
Fury blamed the May fire on a combination of depression and anxiety medications he was taking at the time, but one of the criminal investigators on the case is saying that Fury set the fires in order to “get out of work.”