Police: Unknown if Orange County man meant to blow himself up

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Costa Mesa police say they'll never know if a man meant to kill himself when a homemade bomb detonated in his house.

The Los Angeles Times reports that after searching his home, authorities can't determine whether 52-year-old Kevin Harris was committing suicide or died by accident.

A rambling 17,000-word essay was found online, believed to be penned by Harris, expressing a deep fear of government.

Neighbors described Harris as an odd but harmless eccentric whose house was wrapped in aluminum foil.

His mother told the Times he had been diagnosed with a mental illness, possibly schizophrenia.

On Sunday, Harris was seen lying in his front yard, but refused medical attention when paramedics responded.

An explosion rattled the neighborhood a short time later, and he was found dead.

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