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South Jordan Home Demolished, Set On Fire Following History Of Explosives

Jun 1, 2021, 6:29 PM | Updated: 8:41 pm

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — A home with a history of explosives in South Jordan was demolished and set on fire by order of the city. 

The home, which is located at 3371 West Snow Moon Place, was also the scene of another explosion on Oct. 31, 2020.

“It’s been a nuisance to our residents. They’ve been rightfully stressed out to have it nearby them, and we are more than happy to get rid of it for them,” said Rachael Van Cleave who is the city spokesperson. “We want them to not only be safe but to feel safe, and getting rid of this home would do that.”

On July 23, 2020, the homeowner, Ryan McManigal, engaged in a shoot-out with police.

McManigal was arrested and police found the highly explosive material inside.

Hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses in the area were evacuated so that the bomb squad could blow it up.

Then on Halloween day, another explosion happened after a cousin entered the home.

That’s why neighbors KSL-TV spoke to on Tuesday said they were happy to see it demolished.

“It’s good to just take care of it and get rid of it,” said neighbor Lisa Topham.

“I’m grateful this is happening because of the safety issues,” said resident Nichole Lorrigan-Sorensen, who came out Tuesday to watch it all happen. “It’s good to know that it’s gone so there are no more worries about it.”

Bridget McManigal Black, who is McManigal’s estranged sister, was happy to see it come down, but said she and her family still live in fear of her brother.

“Ryan became very paranoid and delusional. He really thought that everyone was after him and was watching him. He became particularly angry with me and some other family members,” she said. “I’m understanding that the bomb material was designed and made for me (and) for other members of my immediate family.”

Black said her brother has been very angry about their parents’ inheritances.

Their father died in 2016 and their mother died in 2019.

“I worry every day — is he going to get out, or is the money that he’s going to receive going to buy a hit person and haunt us? So yeah, we still live in fear,” said Black.

She said forgiveness was still the key to moving forward.

“If we don’t, it’s going to continue to… poison ourselves, so we have to let it go. I have to let it go,” she said.

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South Jordan Home Demolished, Set On Fire Following History Of Explosives