Son burned, father arrested in Morro Bay pyro mishap

March 23, 2015
Trevor Harris

Trevor Harris

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Grover Beach man after a homemade pyrotechnic device burned his 13-year-old son.

Around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to a report that a powder flare discharged and injured a juvenile on Canet Road in rural Morro Bay. When they arrived at the scene, an ambulance had already transported the boy to a hospital where he received treatment for undisclosed injuries.

An investigation conducted by sheriff’s detectives and the Bomb Task force determined that the teen’s father consented to the creation of an illegal pyrotechnic device and assisted in the construction of it.

Deputies arrested Trevor Harris, 48, and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death. Harris also faces two unlisted charges. His bail is set at $150,000.

An investigation into the pyrotechnic incident is ongoing.


I nominate them for a Darwin Award…even though they survived.


He faces two unlisted charges. There is more to this than meets the eye. Just from looking at this guy’s mugshot—I would say he does not have the facial expression I would have if my child were badly hurt and I could not be at his side.

Sure, the whole thing may have been a wild idea—but do you really need to put your child in harm’s way?


How do you think one should pose for a mugshot? In fact, do we even know when the photo was taken? It was definitely a careless act — probably fueled by an over-estimation of his own knowledge and/or skills. But I would not jump to any conclusions about his emotions based on a single photo taken who-knows-when under who-know-what circumstances.


Really? Maybe not the wisest thing to do but quite frankly, not a heinous crime either. We really have become a police state.


What kind of lives have 5 out of 11 of you lived? Clearly boring ones. Well I say safety third!


Sorry I mean 6 out of 11. But seriously, boys will be boys!


Make sure he has to pay the full hospital and EMT/ambulance costs and maybe a small fine. That should be enough unless their is real evidence that they were testing a device to be used for terroristic purposes.


Building an explosive device is most definitely a serious crime. What if the child is missing fingers or even their whole hand? What if the child had been blinded? This is reckless endangerment and this father needs to be punished.


But thats the face of radical Islam, cant you tell? He was making an IED and plotting to blow up a Federal Port-a-Potty