Trump celebrator cited for setting off cannon

Michael Dingle cited for disorderly conduct, according to police

Michael Dingle shown in a 2009 booking photo released by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Michael Dingle shown in a 2009 booking photo released by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

KEIZER, Ore. (KOIN) – Police cited a man for disorderly conduct over his celebration of Donald J. Trump’s presidential victory.

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According to Keizer Police Sgt. Jeff Goodman, around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, emergency dispatchers received reports that a loud explosion had been heard all over town.

In the 5100 block of 7th Avenue Northeast, neighbors directed police to a house that had a large cloud of smoke overhead. When police arrived, people at the house were “very uncooperative,” according to Goodman.

According to Goodman, Michael Dingle, the owner of the house, admitted he was happy Trump won so he decided to load cannon with gunpowder and set it off in celebration. Velda Housley was charged with interfering with a police officer. Triston Paul Poteet was also charged with interfering with a police officer and harassment.

The fire department responded to make sure there were no other existing hazards.

There were no reports of any injury or significant property damage.

Records show Dingle was cited and released. The booking photo obtained by KOIN 6 is from an unrelated arrest in 2009. Dingle’s court date has not been set.

Keizer is located about 45 minutes south of Portland along Interstate 5.