Based on police interviews, court documents and a report from Lyons, this is what happened:
Dahlquist’s roommates — Bradley soccer players Mentgen, David Crady and Ryan Johnson and a fourth friend, Daniel Cox — lit Roman candles and shoved them under Dahlquist’s bedroom door on the second floor of the house. Each was involved in the incident through obtaining the fireworks, lighting them or placing them under the door. After one didn’t go off, likely because the opening under the door was blocked, one of the men used a coat hanger to remove the blockage and at least one more Roman candle was shot under the door.
“The flames … were about 1,500 to 1,800 degrees in temperature Fahrenheit,” Lyons said. “The flames went across the room. There was a futon across the room and these balls shooting across the floor would hit the wall [and] burst into a bigger flame. The second time when they ran down the stairs and outside, there was no Danny Dahlquist, no nothing.”
A reminder of what we can lose in a moment. Continue to be careful this July 4th holiday weekend.