Springfield police took a man into custody Sunday morning after authorities said he repeatedly launched powerful fireworks at officers.
The man had a supply of vintage blasting caps and “commercial-grade, mortar type fireworks,” police said.
Police found the man on a local bike path after getting several early-morning complaints about gunshots. When officers tried to talk to him, the man allegedly began shooting the fireworks toward them and their patrol cars, Oregon Live reports.
The man told police he wanted officers to shoot him, the department said. Officers grabbed him as he reportedly tried to ignite another firework.
Members of the Eugene Police Department’s bomb squad later arrived and found the man had a cache of old but still operable blasting caps.