Robert William Thomas, 58, was arrested Aug. 21 on suspicion of attempted arson, the Daily Breeze reported.
Earlier that day inside his room at the Camino Hotel in an unincorporated county area, Thomas turned on the gas on the stove and turned on the microwave with a metal spoon inside, a representative of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department told the newspaper.
Ultimately, his attempt to blow up the motel was unsuccessful, deputies said.
Thomas is being held in the Men's Central Jail on $80,000 bail.
- Full story: Redondo Beach Man Charged With Attempted Arson of Motel [Daily Breeze]